As a parent, I have been a believer in going into the IEP process with an advocate-someone who represents me. This is not an adversarial approach, but rather, I know that I can't learn what I need to know fast enough to get the job done right. Parent advocates do this for a living, so they are on top of all the ins and outs that we mere parents may miss.
This being said, I know that many parents are not in a position to be able to hire an advocate. Thank goodness for The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives written by Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett! Now parents can arm themselves with a guide that will show them how to get the right education plan for their child.
The first part of this book aims to provide the needed information to create an IEP that will deliver effective services for your child. The authors present many pieces that make up the IEP and explain in detail, with examples, their importance. And there is much more in this section of the book.
The second part of this book provides many examples to illustrate how each component of the IEP contributes to the development of an appropriate, individualized education program. The examples are also very helpful in seeing how what we just learned in Part 1 (the theory and the law) can be put into practice to result in a well designed and effective IEP.
Many parents are at a loss as to how to formulate good goals and objectives. They will often ask other parents for samples of what they have used in their IEPs. The remainder of Part 2 focuses on goals and objectives designed to attain appropriate educational services. The last 80 pages are comprised of sample PLPs, goals, and objectives in the following areas:
cognitive and social-cognitive functioning,
communication, language and speech,
nonverbal comprehension and expression,
social relatedness and interaction, play, and leisure skills,
theory of mind, and
These samples alone are worth the price of the book!
This book is essential for any parent of a child with ASD, nonverbal learning disability, ADD/ADHD, emotional disturbance and behavioral difficulty, or language difficulties who will be required to help create a meaningful IEP for their child. There is something for everyone, novice and experienced parents alike.