If you have questions regarding your child’s IEP, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

How to Prepare for Your Next IEP Meeting

It’s crucial to maintain emotional composure, staying calm and in control of your feelings and reactions during an IEP meeting, regardless of the behavior of any teacher or administrator. One effective strategy is ensuring you are well-rested. Remember, it’s challenging for parents to make significant mistakes in these meetings. Besides being prepared to advocate for your child’s needs, focus on:

  • Attentively listening,
  • Taking thorough notes or recording the session,
  • Asking questions during your opportunity to contribute.

If anything slips your mind, follow up with an email, request a meeting with specific educators or service providers, or ask for another IEP team meeting if necessary. Even decisions like a unilateral placement notice can be addressed in writing following the IEP meeting, provided it’s done at least ten business days before any changes are made to your child’s school attendance. Keep in mind that these issues are manageable, and flexibility is often possible concerning your child’s IEP arrangements.

Consult with your advocate or attorney, carefully examine your child’s important documents, take notes to prepare yourself, and above all, ensure you are well-rested so you can remain calm and focused during your meeting to discuss your child’s program. Parents may feel overwhelmed and powerless when encountering resistance from their child’s educators, but maintaining composure in these challenging moments empowers them more than they might think.

Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Our firm in Westport, Connecticut serves clients with legal assistance all over the state, including the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, Newton, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Woodbridge. In addition to assisting clients in Connecticut, our firm handles education law matters in New York as well.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to an attorney about a legal matter, please contact Joseph C. Maya and the other experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or to schedule a free initial consultation today.