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What are the interactions and facilitation skills employed during an IEP meeting and what is the manner in which information is disseminated to parents? Are these interactions, skills, etc. appropriate in terms of effective interactions with parents of children with ID?

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From my experience and what I read and have also heard the following procedures are done at the meeting with the parents; we simply just go to the meeting with a draft of the IEP, discuss how the child has been doing, discuss any testing results, discuss placement for the upcoming year of the IEP and then discuss the goals. Now it seems to me that most people use education terms and jargon with the parents, and most parents (at least where I work in an urban environment in the Boston area) do accept this and also accept what we tell them at face value as well. When parents ask questions, I always try and attempt to describe things in layman's terms (the website I did research from stated this and also said this is very important for reconvened meetings). This is because we don't want ...

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