What is an IEP? Part 2
If you’re reading this post, I hope you’ve read Part 1 of “What is an IEP” and that you’ve found it helpful! In part 2, we’ll look at additional sections of an IEP and discuss what they include.
On this section of the IEP, this is where it is documented that a student can receive (and MUST legally receive) the agreed upon accommodations. Accommodations are provided in a variety of categories: Timing, Scheduling, Setting, Presentation.
- Timing – Does the student need additional time or breaks; if so, how much? (frequent breaks, time and a half, twice the allotted amount of time, more than twice the allotted amount time, etc.)
- Scheduling – Does the student test better during certain times of the day?
- Setting – Does the student require testing in a particular setting or accommodated setting? (Familiar place, familiar person, reduced stimuli)
- Presentation – Does the student require oral presentation of test directions, prompts, etc.?
This section of an IEP includes a variety of items that are important to note. This section may vary depending on what IEP system your school district uses.
In my district, the Special Considerations included are:
- Healthcare Needs – Document medical information in this section.
- Transportation Needs – If the student is eligible for transportation, you will need to add what types of services they need during transportation and provide rationale for determining the transportation needs (do they need a bus attendant, car seat, seat belt, etc. and document why)
- Limited English Proficiency Needs – If English is not the first language of the student, this is where you will include this information.
- Assistive Technology Needs – This may include communication devices or adaptive tools (paper, seating, writing utensils, etc).
- Communication Needs – Does the student receive speech or language services or have any other needs to address for their communication? This is where we document all needs in this area.
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing – If a student is deaf or hearing impaired, this area will include information and needs of the student relating to hearing.
- Blind or Visual Impairment – If a student is blind or visually impaired, this area will include information and needs of the student related to vision.
- Behavior Needs – This is where we document all needs for behavior, which may include information about any functional behavioral assessments (FBA), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP/PBIP) or any crisis management information.
Coming up in another post – Part 3 in the “What is an IEP?” series. Stay tuned!
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