Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 19

“IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO FEEL OVERWHELMED, OR EVEN BULLIED, AT ANY POINT DURING THE IEP MEETING, BRING AN ALLY. ” note any issues that may require a follow-up. moment. You may also wish to have a third party review the draft. Return the (unsigned) IEP to school with questions/notes. If necessary, call a follow-up meeting to address any new concerns. Whatever you do, don’t sign off on anything then and there. Thank everyone for their time, and tell them you need time to review everything that was brought to the table. I don’t Tame Your Inner Shark know about you, but I can’t think straight with all the Most crucial of all in the nerves flying around. IEP process is your attitude. If you go in like a DON’T Sign on the shark, you are likely to end Dotted Line up in shark-infested waters. Be calm, and conduct Set the IEP aside for at least yourself professionally at a full day and then go back all times. If you do so, not and review it with a clear only will you get back what head. Some red flags may you give, but also, your crop up that you hadn’t child will reap the rewards noticed in the heat of the in the year ahead. School photos courtesy of Pixabay Julie M. Green is a Toronto-based writer who regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and Today’s Parent. She blogs about having a young autistic son at Other Side of the Coin. Follow her @juliemgreen or juliemgreen.ca. Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 19