An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is a legally binding document created for public school children who need special educational accommodations. Developed by teachers and staff with input from parents, a child’s IEP addresses his unique learning issues and includes detailed education goals. It specifies services and support that a child will receive during the school year.
If your child with autism is getting his first IEP, congratulations. This is the starting point of having his needs and your concerns addressed by his school. You’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to see that his IEP is being followed. You are the best advocate for your child.
The following tips will help you keep track of your child’s progress in meeting his IEP goals:
If you have additional questions about your role in the IEP process, it may be helpful to contact our care coordination team.
We recognize that every child is unique and that the content of this article may not work for everyone. This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. We hope these tips will serve as a jumping-off point for finding the best approach to helping a child with autism. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.