How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?: Quality Indicators for Effective Service Delivery

How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?: Quality Indicators for Effective Service Delivery

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by Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly
     
 
The ultimate, step-by-step guide to writing IEPs that really deliver! Contains sample goal & objective templates for areas of functioning typically neglected in IEPs for students with ASD, including oral-motor skills, executive function, theory of mind, & critical thinking. Complete with recommendations for teaching strategies, educational programming formats, &

Overview

The ultimate, step-by-step guide to writing IEPs that really deliver! Contains sample goal & objective templates for areas of functioning typically neglected in IEPs for students with ASD, including oral-motor skills, executive function, theory of mind, & critical thinking. Complete with recommendations for teaching strategies, educational programming formats, & useful resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966652925
Publisher:
Starfish Specialty Pr
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.65(d)

What People are saying about this

Wright
Finally, an IEP book that focuses on the “science” of writing clear, understandable and measurable objectives. The authors brilliantly expose the absurdity of public school IEPs and their bizarre, fuzzy wuzzy language!
James R. Basche
Students with autism spectrum disorders have specific and unique educational, social, and psychological needs that not every school district is able or willing to meet. In the IEP process, these students are too often victimized by everything from shoddy, unmeasurable, meaningless goals and objectives to deliberate or ignorant “misinterpretations” of IDEA and related case law. Once again, Diane Twachtman-Cullen, with Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly, has come to parents’ rescue. This book reflects a true understanding of ASDs and clearly outlines what school districts can – and should – do to meet their obligations to our kids. This is one book no parent should be without. I’ll never go to another IEP meeting without my copy!
Kirby
This is the book every parent of a child with AS or any autism spectrum disorder needs to cut through the confusion and double-talk that too often cloud the difficult process of developing sound IEPs and educational programs for these special students. With four entire chapters devoted to writing specific IEP goals and objectives alone – complete with samples that can be used as templates – How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up? is a unique and uniquely indispensable tool to help you get it right the first time. Highly recommended!
Pratt
Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly are to be applauded for tackling the difficult and crucial issue of designing effective individualized education program (IEP) goals. The authors supply incredibly practical and helpful hints for designing IEP goals that are both meaningful and measurable, while addressing the core areas of difficulty for students with autism spectrum disorders. As the focus on accountability in schools increases, this book will serve as a critical tool for all educators to use in designing appropriate programming for students across the autism spectrum.
Grossman
[This] book is exceptional, timely, and much needed…Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly need to be congratulated for such an excellent reference book. Their work documents clearly how to marry the theory to the practical in IEP development specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their work serves as an easy to follow blueprint for designing and implementing appropriate and effective IEP programming. And it adds true benefit to the service providers and parents by providing “hands on” examples based on well conceived, proven methodologies with essential outcomes review and measure of the program’s effectiveness. This book is a must for every parent of a school age child with autism and for every service provider that works with children with ASD.

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This comprehensive, well-researched and practical guide to developing an IEP that will optimize service delivery for your child exceeded my expectations on all levels. Although useful for any parent or teacher trying to gain a better grasp of the workings of the IEP, it is especially useful for those of us dealing with autism, since the authors chose to focus on this baffling and challenging condition due to their knowledge of the subject and the many difficulties it presents to writers of IEPs. The book also discusses key legal issues associated with IEPs. Here is a sampling of some of the things covered in the book: A detailed, insightful discussion of each of the components of an IEP and the relationship of the components to each other; the elements necessary to prepare an effective Present Levels of Performance (PLP), which forms the basis for generating annual goals and represents a baseline against which to judge progress; the measurability of objectives; why specifying underlying conditions clearly is so important; the relationship between clearly written objectives and appropriate methodology; knowledge of ASD and the way in which it affects the student who manifests it as the most basic building block of appropriate IEP development; why IEPs should specify prompt levels in the objectives as well as a system for fading them back; discussion of a ¿prompt hierarchy¿; the need to build generalization strategies right into the objectives so the child learns a skill across a variety of settings, people, activities, etc., right from the start; breaking down multi-dimensional behavior such as 'crossing the street' into its basic components so that behavior progress can be measured; how not to confuse a process with a product outcome (e.g. developing understanding vs. demonstrating understanding); the difference between accommodations and modifications (the latter reduce the standard and result in lowered educational outcomes); guidelines for prioritizing needs and sample IEPs covering such content areas as concept development, critical thinking, making inferences, etc. This list is only a sampling of some of the issues covered. This book is written from a highly-informed, sensible and practical perspective. I am the parent of an ASD child and having read this book, I feel like I¿m in control of the IEP process and not vice-versa. Highly recommended.