Oct 24, 2018
In this episode Dr. Nunez and Maylene talk about the dreaded IEP
and how to make this process successful. When going through this
process it is important to keep an open mind, think outside the
box, and to work collaboratively with one another because everyone
has the same goal in mind... which is the child's best
It is IEP season and the top three things that make an IEP
successful are setting the goals high, having both home and school
environments collaborate and work on the same goals, and most
importantly parents need to be involved. This is a time when
parents need to become their child's expert and advocate for their
IN THIS EPISODE:
- It is October and parents start getting anxious as behaviors
start arising with their child.
- The honeymoon stage from the transition of summer to school has
ended as kids get comfortable and old behaviors start to
- It is also IEP season and Dr. Nunez and Maylene have been going
to a lot of IEPs.
- A lot of times they see that the expectations are set low for
their clients because they have a diagnosis of autism.
- It’s frustrating when professionals think so low of their
clients because they work hard with their clients in the summer to
prepare them for the school year.
- They always get the excuse that working 1:1 is different than a
- It feels like schools use that as an excuse. They need to take
some responsibility in the equation. If a child has a skill in a
1:1 setting, it is the schools responsibility to figure out how to
get that child to generalize skills.
- It can be frustrating for outside professionals when schools
aren’t willing to work with you and you sense there’s an ego
- Professionals should let the egos go and work collaboratively.
Learning form each other is key to success.
- Think outside the box and be open and collaborative because at
the end of the day we all want what’s best for the child.
- It is not about who can do what or who is right or wrong. Let
that ego go and think about what is in the best interest of the
- What is going to make the child most successful in school? What
is going to get that child to graduate and not be passed along?
What skills does this child need to become independent?
- People need to understand that when you set the expectations
low for a child, they will meet those low expectations.
- Both home and school environments should have the same
expectations for the child.
- It is unfortunate because Dr. Nunez and Maylene have observed
that once a school knows the diagnosis of a child they immediately
set the expectations low.
- You don’t know how a child will respond, so set the goals
- If the child meets and exceeds a goal, set a new one. If they
aren’t meeting the goal, then revisit it and see if there’s another
way to get the child to meet that goal.
- Parents have the right to go in and change goals on the IEP at
- Nunez and Maylene highly recommend for parents to be involved
and to go into the school every other month to observe and get an
understanding what is going on at school.
- See if the IEP goals are being worked.
- It is important to know that your child is not being passed
along from grade to grade.
- Set the expectations high for your child.
- Parents go in and observe your child at school. Be involved and
check in to make sure the school is working on IEP goals.
- Become your child's expert. Walk into the IEP knowing what your
child can or can’t do. You direct the IEP, not the professionals
and advocate for your child.
- Create a pamphlet about who your child is. What your child
likes, dislikes, how to engage your child, what they are reinforced
by, triggers, strengths, etc.