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I'm Tracie Kelly.

Author, The IEP Advantage Blog & The IEP Advantage Course & IEPadvantage.com

Welcome! I'm glad that you're here!  In these blog pages, I'll be sharing information on a wide variety of topics within the realm of IEP meeting prep & special education for our children.  Thanks for joining me!

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Navigating the world of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) can be a daunting task for many parents. However, with the right mindset and preparation, you can become a powerful advocate for your child’s education and well-being. When parents take the IEP Advantage course, they'll learn how to get completely prepared for their upcoming IEP meetings... we'll show you the way to be an unforgettable parent advocate! 

In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of being prepared for IEP meetings, the benefits your child gains from your active involvement, and the significance of fostering a strong relationship with the IEP team.

#1 The Importance of Being Prepared for IEP Meetings

Preparation is key to a successful IEP meeting. By coming to the table with a clear understanding of your child’s needs, strengths, and challenges, you set the stage for a productive discussion. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

Know Your Rights

 Familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations governing special education. Understanding your rights and your child’s rights will empower you to advocate effectively.

Gather Information

Collect and organize all relevant documents, including previous IEPs, evaluation reports, and notes from teachers. This information will provide a comprehensive view of your child’s progress and areas needing attention.

Set Goals

Think about what you want to achieve in the meeting. What are your child’s short-term and long-term goals? How can the IEP team help in reaching these milestones?

Prepare Questions

Write down any questions or concerns you have about the IEP process, proposed goals, or specific services. This ensures you cover all your points during the meeting.

#2 The IEP Advantage: How Your Involvement Benefits Your Child

When parents actively participate in the IEP process, children benefit significantly. Here’s how your involvement makes a difference:

Tailored Support

Your insights help the IEP team develop a plan that caters to your child’s unique needs. You know your child best and can provide valuable information that might not be evident in school assessments alone.


Advocacy fosters self-advocacy. When children see their parents fighting for their rights and needs, they learn to speak up for themselves, gaining confidence and self-esteem.


Consistent communication between home and school ensures that strategies and supports are reinforced across environments, leading to better outcomes.

Resource Access

By staying informed and involved, you can ensure your child has access to the necessary resources and services, whether it’s specialized instruction, therapy, or assistive technology.

#3 Building a Strong Relationship with the IEP Team

A collaborative and respectful relationship with the IEP team is crucial. Here’s why and how to build this partnership.

Mutual Respect

A positive relationship based on mutual respect and trust makes it easier to work through disagreements and find solutions that best serve your child.

Open Communication

Regular, honest communication helps keep everyone on the same page. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and listen to the perspectives of the educators and specialists.

Shared Goals

Remember, everyone on the IEP team wants your child to succeed. By focusing on shared goals, you can work together to create an effective and supportive educational plan.


​Actively participate in the IEP meetings and follow up regularly. Your involvement shows the team that you are committed and engaged, which can lead to more tailored and responsive support for your child.

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About Author: Tracie Kelly

Tracie Kelly is the course creator of The IEP Advantage course and the creator of The IEP Advantage Community. With this course, she is single-handedly revolutionizing the way parents of school-aged special needs children in the USA prepare for their IEP meetings. She is working to make her course THE new standard for IEP prep for parents in America. Tracie recently spoke at The World Autism Conference in Loveland, CO about IEP meeting prep and continues to reach out to let parents know there is help for them with IEP meeting prep!  Learn more today by looking around The IEP Advantage community and join me on social media (TikTok & Facebook)!

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