Consultation & Attendance for Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee Meetings

 

When you attend an ARD/IEP meeting, you may feel very overwhelmed as you stare around the table at the sea of professionals seated there to discuss and offer their expertise regarding your child. Many times parents wonder which staff need to be there and what role each member plays. Here is a brief description:

  • You – Your presence is very important.
  • A school administrator, such as a principal, to manage the meeting, ensure IDEA requirements are met, and to commit the necessary campus or district resources for services
  • A special education teacher to provide information on appropriate instruction, methodology, accommodations, or modifications for your child’s disability. This person frequently writes goals and objectives, manages your child’s file, updates progress, and serves as the immediate conduit between you, your child, and the school.
  • A regular education teacher to provide insight on the school’s general education requirements and how your child’s needs will be met in the regular classroom.
  • A school psychologist or Educational Diagnostician to discuss appropriate evaluations for your child, to explain results, and to provide information on your child’s abilities;
  • Related service providers such as a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, mental health professional, assistive technology representative, music therapist, transition specialist, or physical therapist, if your child requires those services to benefit from his special education program; A speech pathologist may serve as the case manager, evaluation specialist, and special education representative and write goals and objectives and update progress if your child is served solely as a speech impaired student.
  • It is also important to note that many times related services are offered on a less frequent basis than parents feel is needed. Keep in mind that schools look at the educational need for services, not necessarily the medical model that many parents feel is necessary.
    • A guidance counselor or special education counselor to assist with curriculum and counseling issues;
    • A behavior interventionist to assist with identifying and programming for behavior adjstment issues as they relate to classroom performance.
    • People with important information to share, who cannot attend the meeting, may submit information in written form or participate by telephone. For example, few pediatricians may be available for IEP team meetings, but they may provide important written information such as a diagnosis, information on the child’s health or medications, or medical evaluation reports; and
    • Others as you or the school determine necessary. You may bring a support person or advocate.

Because of the need to protect confidentiality, your child’s ARD/IEP team meeting will likely be held in a conference room, classroom, or office where privacy can be assured. Rich Educational Consulting, LLC encourages parents not to engage teachers in a populated hallway or a busy, occupied classroom where confidentiality cannot be assured. We also recommend becoming familiar with and understanding all documents you are asked to sign. We are happy to review any documentation, assessment, service plan, IEP, or supplements that you receive and explain or clarify what is written on the service plan v your understanding so that you can feel CONFIDENT that your child is getting the best program possible.

*additional fees may apply for consultative services and/or meeting attendance