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6 Questions to Stop Cookie Cutter IEPs


Recently, I had a conversation with a parent of a child with an IEP. We were discussing her son’s strengths and his needs for a few minutes. She didn’t feel he was progressing as she thought he would. Then she asked me what services I thought would be best for her son. The conversation proceeded like this.


Me: What services is he receiving currently?


Parent: Resource help for math and reading.


Me: How many minutes per week?


Parent: About an hour a day


Me: For both or each?


Parent: Both, I think.


Me: How is it broken down per subject?


Parent: 30 minutes each, I think.


Me: When does he get these minutes?


Parent: in the afternoon


Me: Who provides the services?


Parent: His teacher


Me: Which teacher?


Parent: Um, I think the special education teacher.


Me: Do you know the teacher’s name?


Parent: Yes, Mrs. Smith but sometimes Mrs. Jones.


Me: Who is Mrs. Jones?


Parent: An aide at school.


Me: I thought you said he was getting his resource help from his special education teacher?