Parents, how do you provide input about your child? Does your child's case manager send out a survey to complete? Do you send a statement to the team each year? How is your voice heard?
Parent input is just as valuable as all other information in the IEP. As a parent, you are the expert of your child and have more knowledge about what happens with your child in the home setting than anybody else. Parent input helps the IEP team develop an educational plan that is personalized for the child to meet their current needs and develop the necessary skills for future success. What you want for your child's future - higher education, gainful employment, and/or independent living, and even short-term future goals - should be written and included in the IEP.
Unsure of where to start? I coach parents on the special education process, including how to write a solid parent input statement so that anyone who picks up the IEP knows exactly what you want for your child's future.