The IEP Experience -- as Told by Harry Potter


I don’t know many parents who love the individualized education plan (IEP) process. Most parents (and students) dread these meetings.

If you have talked to a parent whose child has an IEP, you have probably realized lots of feelings come with this process. You might have even seen the most laid-back and gentle person turn into someone completely different as they tirelessly advocate for their child.

Sometimes humor (and a good book) help get me through it all. For Harry Potter fans (even if you are not a fan) these GIFs express perfectly the many emotions we can go through during the IEP process.

1. When a teacher tells you they are following the IEP but you know they are not.

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2. When someone at the IEP meeting asks you to agree to their plan and you know it is inadequate.

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3. What you wish you could do to the IEP team members who are not willing to agree to services your child needs.

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4. When someone says inclusion is not the best option for your child.

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5. How IEP meetings can make you feel.

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6. When someone asks, “How long will you keep fighting this hard for your child?”

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7. When you realize the IEP team is not on your side.

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8. When you feel the IEP team is dismissing your concerns.

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9. When the IEP team is happy to see you because you brought food to the meeting.

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10. When a teacher generalizes and lumps your child into a “condition.”

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11. When you bring backup to an IEP meeting.

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12. When you tell other parents of kids with disabilities you are headed to an IEP meeting.

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13. When the IEP meeting is a success.

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14. When you become a lion at the IEP meeting.

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15. The feeling you get when the IEP team is on your side.

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16. When you finally form an amazing IEP team who care about your child.

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To all the teachers, therapists, educators and para-professionals who care about our kids, thank you! You make all the difference.

Lead image via “Harry Potter” Facebook page.


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