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IEPs shouldn’t just be about “Special Ed”


Four of my five children have been on an IEP (Individual Education Plan) at one point or another in their lives, Christopher Dawson reports for BigThink.com. Kid #5 is only three, but I’m sure she won’t want to be left out. She never does. Any glibness aside, two of my kids has speech impediments that a couple years of speech therapy in school (and associated IEPs) addressed handily. Two of my kids are on the autistic spectrum, though, and have carried their IEPs all the way through graduation. Overall, they did well (fortunately, they’re very high-functioning, one struggling with the social/emotional components of autism and the other with specific aspects of language processing) and their IEPs gave them access to special out-of-school programs, testing accommodations, etc…

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