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Behaviors to Avoid for IEP Parents

Do you want to avoid being perceived as difficult by school staff when advocating for your child with an IEP? While it’s important to be involved, here are behaviors to avoid:

  1. Lack of responsiveness: Ignore calls, emails, and meeting requests from school staff.
  2. Excessive communication: Overwhelm teachers with numerous emails, calls, or meetings, demanding constant updates and special treatment. Disregard their professional boundaries and contact them outside work hours for non-emergencies.
  3. Disregarding professional expertise: Dismiss school professionals’ opinions and recommendations, questioning their authority and decisions confrontationally.
  4. Unannounced visits: Drop by the school unexpectedly, disrupting staff schedules and the learning environment, without regard for school rules.
  5. Confrontational demeanor: Approach disagreements, especially during IEP meetings, in a combative manner.
  6. Lack of follow-up: Fail to participate in follow-up actions suggested by the IEP team to support your child’s learning at home.
  7. Unnecessary escalation: Immediately involve top administrators or the school board without attempting to resolve issues at the classroom or school level.
  8. Unrealistic expectations: Demand changes or services beyond the school’s capabilities or your child’s documented needs.
  9. Public criticism: Criticize staff publicly on social media instead of addressing concerns directly with them, contributing to negativity and gossip.

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