An IEP is an Individualized Education Program. It is a document written by a team of teachers, administrators, and that child's parents which outlines what a specific student needs to be successful in the school setting. It includes those areas in which special instruction or services are needed: such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. The IEP guides a child's teachers in providing education suitable to that child's needs. An IEP is a year-long plan, and it is rewritten each year to provide goals for the next year.
Parents should attend scheduled IEP meetings. This allows you to report on your child's progress at home, ask questions about evaluation results, and make sure that your child gets an appropriate education.