The reality of IEPs and an example of a home activity

How often do you look at the IEP at home? I can count on one hand the times I actually studied the IEP outside the team meeting. It’s a lot to process. In addition to keeping up with the basic needs of your special needs child, you have to do the IEP at home? Hopefully, this will put you at ease. The reality of IEPs is that they’re not meant to be practiced at home.

There’s a team at school, and that’s why it’s as detailed as it is. When you’re at home, it’s often a one woman show. Your job is to help your child practice the skills in the real world setting with real world activities. The IEP is a guide. And, it’s a living document. The goals are constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up and keep track of it all. If the IEP seems confusing or overwhelming, take a deep breath. It’s normal.

Here’s an IEP goal: Audric will use various methods (manipulatives, faded support, and cues) to count to 9.

An activity at home to practice this skill is the phone keypad. It’s a functional way for him to learn his numbers. And it’s something easy enough that I can print and use without much preparation.

Using a phone key pad to teach number ID, counting, and eventually phone dialing.

Home activities are meant to be simple. They’ve got to be simple and practical or they won’t work. They get lost in the pile or shuffled under the couch. Don’t put a ton of pressure to create some elaborate activity.

This home activity is just one example of learning numbers. Can you think of another way to practice numbers? And did you find this activity helpful? Comment below and let me know.

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