Video Summary: Who Should be at your child’s IEP?

This video details what people the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting should be made up of, and which of those members should attend the IEP meeting. The most important thing to remember about who should attend an IEP meeting is that every person there should have a unique perspective on your child and their education. The IEP meeting determines where your child is educationally and where they should be in about a year, so it’s important to have multiple perspectives that can provide important information on how to approach your child’s education.

Anyone who has knowledge of your child’s educational abilities can attend the IEP meeting. The members provide input for the services included in an IEP. The IEP meeting helps keep the IEP team members are on the same page and aware of their role in the IEP. 

Who should be at your child’s IEP meeting?

Parents/Guardians – You (the parent or guardian) will usually be the person with the most knowledge about your child, so your input is crucial to creating the IEP. What’s more, you are the child’s most important advocate.

Regular classroom teacher(s) – Your child’s teacher will be in charge of a large part of the IEP’s execution, so it’s important that they attend. The teacher can also provide the most detailed reports of how the child is doing in the classroom. In most cases, the teacher will be the first person who can notice if a child is having problems meeting the IEP’s annual goals.

Special education teachers/providers – The special education teachers involved in the IEP will also be in charge of providing a large part of the special education services of the IEP. They can also offer progress reports on how the child is developing within their specialized program.

School representative – Someone at the IEP meeting must represent the school’s interests, as well as have enough authority to allow any classroom or school-based modifications to take place. Usually, this will be a school administrator who can approve of services and provide input on how certain obstacles in educating your child in the school system can be overcome.

Interpreter for your child’s evaluation(s) – Someone who can explain the often-intricate results of the Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (MDT) for your child should be there to make sure you understand the MDT.

Other individuals invited by parents or school – These participants are optional (the first five people on this list must attend the meeting), and can include a child advocate, a tutor, or any other person who may have unique knowledge about your child.

Your child – Your child is usually not present (but can be) until they’re 14 years or older. At that point, the child can provide input on how they’d like the IEP to go, as well as any other interests they might have in creating the IEP.

If your child is in the transition age, your child should also consider whether they would like to go college, straight to the workplace, to vocational school, or other placement and how the IEP should accommodate these goals, and other transition or post-transition services they may need.