IEP professionals can help the lines of communication by:
- Reaching out to the family if something out of the ordinary occurs at school;
- Sharing with the family any observed changes in the child’s behavior, mood, or work at school;
- Giving suggestions on how to work on IEP goals at home;
- Sending home reports on the student’s progress with IEP goals;
- Sending home recognition when a student achieves positive accomplishments.
In turn, families can facilitate communication with their school team by:
- Sharing all medical updates with their IEP team;
- Sharing new assessment reports that may be completed outside the school setting;
- Communicating any medication changes;
- Giving information regarding the homework process at home including amount of time needed to complete homework and the student’s approach to completing long-term assignments that are done at home;
- Contributing information regarding a student’s “present level” for any particular goal listed on the IEP;
- Alerting the team to any major life changes or stressors in the child’s life.
Both the child’s school team and family want to see the child be successful! Communication between home and school is important for helping students reach their IEP goals. A formal IEP meeting is not always needed if you want to update your school regarding your child’s progress. So, reach out to your team and let them know how your child is doing!