The Importance of IEPs for Students with Autism

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that every student is entitled to receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a document that specifies a child’s deficits, goals, and needed services to ensure that the child has access to a FAPE. Every student with autism should have an IEP and this document will need to be regularly reviewed and updated as needed.

The IEP of a student with autism ensures that he or she receives appropriate services to achieve specific and measurable academic and non-academic goals during the school year. The contents of the IEP are established during IEP meetings between parents and appropriate school personnel. It’s often helpful for parents to bring a family advocate to these meetings, such as an autism specialist.

The ABA therapists at The Behavior Exchange offer effective school advocacy services for families affected by autism in Plano and Frisco. If you would like to have an ABA therapist review your child’s IEP, please contact us at (888) 716-8084.

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