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Diya Patel

Minimize the Stress of an Exit IEP

mom sitting with son on a bench
Diya Patel

Minimize the Stress of an Exit IEP

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It’s that time of the year; school is ending, and many of us have kids that are transitioning out of their current schools. An exit IEP is the culmination of a transition plan for a student who is either graduating from high school or aging out of the services provided to him by his school system.

The preparation for the meeting can be very stressful, but the goals are very straightforward. It includes the plans for post-secondary education, vocational training, employment, or living independently, depending on a student’s skills, strengths, needs, and interests. It also is an opportunity to check the status of the student’s graduation status to make sure that your child is on track.  

Exit IEP Meeting Preparation Tips 

  1. As an exit IEP is a legal document that the school must follow. By law, the parent has to agree to the terms of the IEP and also its termination.  
  2. Despite the best intentions, your child’s educators do not know your child as well as you do and may not be as invested. Therefore, if you do not understand or agree with any part of the plan, you must speak up, ask questions and request a change or clarification.  
  3. Make a written list of questions or items you wish to discuss, so you can always be on target. Don’t be shy to ask to record the conversation or take detailed notes. 
  4. Don’t be shy to share your views and philosophy on your child’s transition and the future, if possible, before the exit IEP meeting.   
  5. If you can have a spouse, another parent, or a friend accompany you, it can help the discussion or simply help you feel confident. Share with them your expectations so they can support you. 
  6. Lastly, always remember that you are your child’s champion, and you have the final say.   


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About the Author

Diya Patel is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and a minor in marketing. She has a passion for justice and bringing community to those who need it most. She spends most of her time reading and playing with her dog, Chewy.

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