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The IEP (Individual Education Plan)is an important way to get input into your child’s education. The important thing to know is that as a parent have a right to participate in the IEP process.
An IEP has three stages:
This is an evolving process: as the student’s needs change, the IEP should change.
Your school district will most likely have a "template" for the IEP that they would prefer to use. Remember, these are just guides to make the process easier. Ask for a change if you do not like the template that is offerred.
Learn about Student Support Services in your district:
Student support services could include: learning assistance, counseling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language services. However, these may or may not be applicable to your child.
Different school districts may name or deliver their support services in slightly different ways. For information on school district services start by looking at your district website:
The Basics of the IEP:
The British Columbia Ministry of Education provides some basic information about IEPs that you can reference to get started. There is also a Ministy resource page that has some disability specific suggestions and guidelines. Make sure you understand the difference between adaptations and modifications.
Some good basic guides:
BC Association for Community Living Parent’s Handbook on Inclusive Education.
BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils: Individual
Education Plans A Guide for Parents
BC Ministry of Education: A Resource Guide for Teachers
Making the IEP work:
The core of the IEP is the goals. Once there is an IEP in place, you also need to think about what your child needs to support the outcomes in the IEP in terms of support: Education Assistant (EA), speech therapy, augmentative communication resources or behaviour and communication support.
Go to the IEP meeting prepared by knowing what you want and be prepared to ask for it. You may have to request a formal meeting to resolve differences.
Another way to get around waitlists for treatment centers is to try Rational Recovery. It is an alternative to AA that believes recovery can be achieved by becoming aware and listening to our self-talk (the Beast).
Rational Recovery does not depend on other people, instead you are encouraged to cure yourself without the help of other people like a sponsor. All you have to do is visit the website and take the crash course on the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT). The founder of Rational Recovery claims that you can quit now and forever. Give it a try if substances are negatively affecting your life.
In the New Year people often think about erradicating the nasty habits that they have picked up over the years. One way to deal with these issues is to go to a treatment centre but often there are waitlists.
So if you have a problem with alcohol and need to get started right away try going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Follow the link to their website to get information and find out where and when the meetings are. People who attend AA depend on the support of others and is perhaps the cheapest form of group therapy. AA follows a twelve step program to recovery and starts with admitting you are powerless over your addiction.Check out all the Twelve Steps by reading the online Big Book.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver provides individual and family counseling services based on a sliding scale. That means that they will ask you for your household yearly income and then decide how much you have to pay for each session.
It usually takes about 3-4 weeks from intake to your first counseling session. Offices are located in Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond. Call 604-874-2938 to speak to an intake worker Monday- Friday 9-4pm. www.fsgv.ca.
As a member of the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion ($5 per year), families and self-advocates can access 6 free and fully confidential counseling sessions through Interlock Counseling Services (BACI’s Employee Assistance Program)