Happy Friday, folks!
Today's post is brought to you by a question I've been asked as a tele-therapist. How do you conduct an IEP meeting online? Good question.
Because I work with two different school formats, I conduct IEPs in two different ways. Both are very different from how IEPs worked when I was working in the school system in Florida. We'll start with my brick-and-mortars, AKA my "regular" schools where I am the outlier.
Brick-and-Mortar IEP Meetings
If you are a practicing SLP who has "speech-only" students on your case, you're typically responsible for scheduling the meetings, contacting parents, and rounding up the team members for each meeting. Not for me!
I have a school liaison (IEP Coordinator) who does the contacting, scheduling, and printing. I simply accept or deny the invitation and attend. (Oh, and write the IEP ;) ) If I deny, the school has been asking me to call the parents ahead of time and explain my part, but this is not kosher. Alas, the bugs of working through a new service delivery model...
Virtual School IEP Meetings
My students in virtual school range from speech-only to moderately severe cognitive impairments, yet they all are assigned a special education teacher. Yes, even the speech-onlies. The teacher is responsible for emailing and organizing the meeting, and the SLP's responsibility is to write the IEP and accept or deny the invitation. Because it's an online meeting and we all attend via phone conference and Blackboard Connect, if I can't attend, it's my responsibility to round up another SLP and have them attend in my place.
And that's basically it! Pretty simple, but it's a little kinky communication-wise when you can only connect by phone or email.
Do you have any other burning questions? Let me know in the comments!
The Cyber Speechie