The entire purpose of an individualized education plan (IEP) is to prepare your child for three things: education, employment, and independent living. So how can you work with the school system to make sure your child’s IEP is serving all three of those goals? Catherine Whitcher knows how to get it done and she joined me for this episode to talk about the strategies she teaches parents and education officials to help make sure the IEP is serving every one of a child’s needs. And parent input is a critical component of making that happen.
Catherine has been building IEPs for the real world for over 20 years. With experience as a special education teacher and a special needs sibling, Catherine knows the importance of helping a child reach their potential both inside and outside of the classroom. She is the founder of the Master IEP Coach Mentorship + Network, the host of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast, and currently leads Master IEP Coaches across the United States in creating collaborative and effective IEP meetings.
Catherine's IEP creation methods have helped thousands of parents and schools work together to prepare students for further education, employment, and independent living. She teaches parents how to educate themselves on their rights as a member of the IEP team, how to assume ownership of those rights (hint: document everything!), and how to shift the conversation away from “wants” and toward “needs.” Ensuring your child’s best interests are truly reflected in their IEP is possible, no matter what region you’re in; it all starts with getting organized. Listen now for more insight about just how important and valuable your voice already is—you just have to learn how to use it!
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- Download Parent IEP Input Statement
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