As students and staff move toward the second semester, here are some friendly tips to keep in mind when working with school staff:

1.Establish a communication plan

  • What works best for your IEP Manager and you? It might be e-mails, phone calls, or in-person communication. Work together to make a plan on the best medium of communication, as well as the frequency (bi-weekly? monthly? quarterly?). Having a clear plan can help avoid unnecessary meetings or frustrations.

2.   Be Proactive

  • Alert your student’s IEP Manager to any significant changes that could impact in school performance. These changes might include:
      • Sleep changes (trouble sleeping, overly tired)
      • Medication changes
      • Mood changes
      • Home/Family changes or stresses (sibling moving to college, parent job change, schedule changes, family death, the birth of a sibling, etc.)

3.     Reach out at Conferences

  • Make a point to connect with your child’s IEP Manager at conferences. IEP Managers are present and available during building conferences. Make an appointment to meet with them 1:1 or invite them to a general education conference.

4.     Promote Positive Behavior

  • Is there something that motivates your child? Share that with your student’s IEP manager to help your student and your teacher build success (this could be specific topics, reinforcement, etc.). Additionally, communicate when your child has something positive to share about school to the IEP Manager (a fun lesson, class, or activity that was enjoyable). Often times, communication happens only about negative things, so helping build positive relationships will help your student and IEP manager feel more connected.

5.      Include your IEP Manager

  • Does your student participate in an activity or sport? Invite your IEP Manager to come to view a game or activity. Creating a connection outside of school will help your IEP Manager to connect with your student more.