Preparing for Your First IEP: Elementary
Learning IEP basics
IEP to-do list
You should receive a request from the school or district inviting you to the IEP meeting (or you can request an IEP meeting yourself). If you will be bringing a friend, specialist, attorney, or advocate with you, let the school know.
Bring the following items to the meeting — it’s a good idea to create a binder to organize your documents so they’ll be easy to find while you’re there:
- A picture of your child for the cover of the binder
- Documentation of your child’s strengths and interests
- Recent progress reports and assessments as well as videos from current and previous therapists
- Any relevant communications with your district or preferred school
- A list of your concerns and solutions you feel may work. Bring this list to the meeting and use it to keep track of what your team agrees to, when they will start working on it, and who is responsible for each concern. Use this list of concerns template for handy note-taking at the meeting.
We recommend you begin preparing for your meeting two days before:
- Check with the person you asked to accompany you (perhaps they can take notes for you!)
- If you plan to record the meeting, write the school to let them know you will be recording the meeting at least 24 hours beforehand.
- Make a note to pack your laptop/device or favorite pen and a pad of paper for note-taking.