How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?: Quality Indicators for Effective Service Deliveryby 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, & useful resources.
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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.