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QUESTION from a Parent:
Aloha. My son attends a SPED preschool (DOE) on the Big Island. In his IEP it states that he's supposed to receive 30 minutes per week of Speech Language, but it wasn't happening for the first three weeks of school. How can I make sure that his IEP is being implemented properly? Thank you, Big Island Mom.
ANSWER from the Advocacy Guru:
Dear Big Island Mom, In order for you to be sure your son's IEP (Individualized Education Program) is being implemented properly, you can request an IEP meeting IN WRITING to review and revise the IEP and for your team to update you on progress.
Ask the special education teacher for data related to your son's speech services. Also request timely progress reports. In this case, you might request IN WRITING an IEP meeting to discuss implementation of speech services and how the service minutes are being delivered. In that conversation, you will want to discuss how to avoid the absence of services from occurring again.
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