Requesting an IEP

Watching your child struggle in school day after day, is something no parent ever wants to see.  The academic struggle might also start to slip into other area of your child’s life.

For us, we started getting reports back that our child was misbehaving and interrupting the learning of the class.  Then our full of energy child, started coming off the bus and asking to go to sleep. Skipping means, and it even turned into not wanting to attend favorite activities.

Emails and phone calls to the teacher, was just not cutting it. I verbally asked if we could move forward towards an IEP, but I was told to wait and wait some more.

Well when is it enough? It is hard as a parent, when you do not want to over step your place.  My husband would tell me to trust the teacher and let them do their job, but how could I sit back and watch my son flounder around, in my opinion, pleading for help!

As a mom, I am pretty lucky. I have my son already in services, and meet regularly with a team to discuss his needs. I had been sharing my concerns with our team and was told that my son probably needed an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a 504 Plan.  An IEP is a plan to help a student with a disability process the curriculum. There are a variety of of disabilities that fit under the umbrella of qualifying for  an IEP – autism, developmental delay, intellectual impairment, sensory impairment, neurological impairment, emotional impairment, communication impairment, physical impairment, health impairment, and specific learning disability.

Here is a secret, I actually tried to request an IEP when our child was placed in our home. The school scheduled “Red Meetings” and the decision was made that our child did not have a learning disability. I am sharing our experience, because it must be known that an IEP is not just for a learning disability.

A 504 plan describes accommodations that will help your child succeed in the classroom.

Advocate for your child and what you believe they need. There is no harm in it, especially if the outcome could lead to academic success!

I do not know why the thought of requesting an IEP made me nervous. Luckily for me, I had an outline I could use to write my letter.  Click here to go to a great site, I found with sample letters to talk to schools!

After submitting a letter, a school has 30 days to set up a follow up meeting. If you do not hear a response, inquire about it. Know your rights.

Best of luck in helping your child receive the assistance they deserve.

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  1. Samantha says:

    This is great information to know. I have 4 kids, 3 have IEP’s. I have done a lot of advocating for them. I did not know that the school had 30 (business) days to respond until this spring. That was after the teacher had requested for months to have an ot eval. That poor child went the entire school year before we finally got an iep in place.

    1. Melina says:

      It is frustrating how long it takes to get to the actual IEP process! I am glad you found the information helpful!

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