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ERIC Number: EJ1075387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Beyond Legal: Crafting High-Quality IEPs for Children With Complex Communication Needs
Rowland, Charity Mary; Quinn, Emily Dayle; Steiner, Sandra A. M.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v37 n1 p53-62 Nov 2015
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document developed for each student with a disability. The IEP outlines the student's learning needs and associated educational goals, as well as the program placement and services required to support the attainment of these goals in the least restrictive environment. Most IEPs include all legally required elements; however, there is a gulf between meeting legal requirements and writing a high-quality IEP that results in educational benefit for the individual student. We collected a large number of IEP documents focused on interventions for children with complex communication needs (CCN) who may use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). These documents suggested the need for a tool to describe the subtle and specific qualities that characterize high-quality IEPs for children with CCN. We describe a 28-item IEP quality guide created to serve as a clinical resource for educators and therapists who develop educational goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H327A11001; R324A090028