In dealing with your child’s special education needs in Florida, it is helpful to know the definitions of key terms utilized by special education law advocates, therapists, educators, administrators and school boards. Some key definitions include the following:
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
a yearly education plan written by teachers, therapists, psychologists, etc. and the child’s parents for school age children with disabilities
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
an education plan written by teachers, therapists, psychologists, etc. and the child’s parents for a child birth through 2 years old with disabilities
various individuals from different disciplines that assess children’s needs (speech therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, psychologist, etc.)
You can find definitions for other key terms at the Special Education Law Dictionary. While it is helpful to know key terms and their definitions, this knowledge, in and of itself, will not necessarily promote the best interests of your special needs child in the school system. A special education lawyer / attorney / advocate can help guide you through the process. Contact Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. for more information. At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. – we are On Your Side – At Your Side.