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Individual Education Plans

by: Gabby Rogers

Some of you may be well versed on what an IEP is and what the process looks like, while others may be confused, worried, and intimidated by the three-letter acronym. An Individual Education Plan is a map to your child(ren)’s success through a special education program. The process to enact an IEP can feel overwhelming and long at times, but there are resources in Wyoming to help you and your family through the process.

Here is a 7-step guide to the IEP process:

1.  Pre-Referral

Consists of documenting observed concerns and previous failed and successful interventions.

2.  Referral
Consists of a referral for a formal evaluation.

3.  Identification
Identification by a multidisciplinary team who do a thorough assessment of needs.

4. Eligibility
Eligibility is determined that Special Education services are needed.

5. Development
Initial IEP meeting is held and key players contribute to the plan.

6. Implementation
The plan is set and put to action.

7. Evaluations and Reviews
Evaluations and reviews are regularly set and held. Communication regarding the IEP should be done regularly and often.

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In Wyoming, the Parent Information Center is a statewide resource for those of you who are engaged in any part of the IEP journey. As described on their website, the Parent Information Center (PIC), is a statewide parent center for families of children with disabilities. PIC provides information, support and referrals to families on their rights and responsibilities under the special education law - the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They help families understand their child’s disability and supports them by working as partners with schools and service providers to receive better education programs and services for their children. PIC staff can attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with families and provide workshops, webinars and trainings on specific disabilities and other disability topics upon request.

Remember, you, as the child’s primary caregiver, are a lead player in the IEP process and should feel as if your voice is heard during every step of the IEP process. If you need help advocating through this process, a Kinship Navigator Specialist would be more than happy to help. Simply dial 2-1-1 today and ask for Kinship Connections of Wyoming.
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