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Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legally binding document that specifically outlines what special education and support services and student will receive and how often each will be provided. An IEP is used for students with disabilities who meet the federal and state requirements for special education. In most cases, the services and goals outlined in an IEP can be provided in a standard school environment. The IEP is often used in conjunction with additional services (i.e. a one-on-one aide, therapies such as physical, occupational or speech therapy, counseling, behavioral therapy or ABA, auditory or vision therapy.)

The IEP refers to both the educational program to be provided to a student with a disability and to the written document that describes that educational program. At the initial IEP meeting, members of the team and the parent(s) will discuss the student’s educational needs and establish specific, measurable short-term and annual goals for each of those needs. The goal is to design a program that best assists the student in learning more effectively in school. The IEP meeting is the opportunity for the parents(s) to work together with the school and take an active role in deciding what will go into the program, developing the goals and determining which skills or areas will receive the most attention. The IEP is reviewed on an annual basis to update these goals and make sure the levels of service meet the individual student’s needs.
Neurological Rehabilitation Center provides advocacy for families with students in the special education system. Our Advocate is familiar with the IEP process and parents’ rights and will provide representation to ensure that the development of an IEP moves from referral to providing services as quickly as possible and that appropriate decisions are made about a student’s educational placement. An initial consultation will help gather past and current information in several different areas to determine the best action plan. IEP advocacy services could also include collaborative with other professionals who are working with the students such as classroom teachers, school aides, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists and medical professionals. We believe in working with all members of the team to ensure that the client’s needs are being met efficiently and consistently.

IEP Consultation: $75.00 One hour meeting with parent(s) to discuss concerns and ideas regarding IEP services. This will include:

Gathering information that would best support the needs of the individual student and family
Review of current school IEP goals, including reports from support providers (OT, SLP, etc.)
Advice and support of the IEP process at school and parents’ rights
Parent empowerment on how to represent and explain the “case in point” to best meet the student’s needs

IEP Advocacy: $125.00/hour at Neurological Rehabilitation Center or $150.00/hour for outside services The following services are available individually or in any combination:

Review of current school IEP goals
Modification/accommodation of existing IEP
Direct student observation and interviews
Data collection on goals or other special education services
Target classroom readiness and routines
Decreasing maladaptive behaviors and increasing appropriate replacement behaviors
IEP Advocate/Educational Director present at IEP meeting