What is an IEP?

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IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan. If a child is in school and is diagnosed with a hearing loss that would affect their school performance, an IEP is a document outlining the academic goals and services your child will have for that school year.

There are many professionals, along with you and your child, who will be a part of the IEP process. This group may include an educational audiologist, school principal, your child’s teacher, a special education teacher,the school psychologist and/or school social worker. The professionals involved will typically do classroom observations and/or administer standardized testing to assess your child’s current needs. This group will come up with your child’s plan, and you have the right to appeal the plan if you don’t agree with it. This will be done yearly, and goals/priorities may change as your child grows.

It’s very important to ask questions during the meeting if you have them to be sure you fully understand the process and the plan!


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