Workshop to Be Held to Understand the Individualized Education Program for Special Needs Children

By on September 16, 2019

The East Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (EV SELPA) and Patty Metheny EV SELPA Administrator will be presenting a special parent workshop on Monday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to assist parents in San Bernardino County’s East Valley to better understand the basic components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The EV SELPA is a part of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and is the department designated to assist students with special learning needs. IEPs are developed for each child with special educational needs in order to create an effective learning program tailored to the child’s specific needs. Each IEP is designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document.

An IEP is an opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for students with disabilities. Creating an effective IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.

Creating an Effective IEP allows all involved parties to come together to examine each student’s unique needs. The IEP should address the child’s needs whether it’s speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral issues, physical therapy, socialization, emotional issues, disruptive behaviors, difficulty in concentrating, etc. Parents, teachers, other school staff — and often the student – pool their knowledge, experience and commitment to design an educational program to help the student be in involved in, and to progress and grow in, the general curriculum.

Each IEP is developed to guide the delivery of special education services and supports for each child with a disability. To help parents better understand the IEP the EV SELPA is hosting this upcoming informational parent meeting at the Dorothy Inghram Learning Center at 670 E. Carnegie Drive in San Bernardino.

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is one of five east valley school district that comprise the East Valley SELPA. This consortium of participating school districts has been formed for the purpose of ensuring that quality special education programs and services are available throughout the region to meet the individual needs of special education students.

Registration for this workshop is encouraged but not required; walk-ins are welcome. But to assist the EV SELPA is better planning for this workshop parents are encouraged to register at: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/46-169086 of call the East Valley SELPA at 909-252-2502. The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.