A friend of mine from Vanderbilt’s Kenndy Autism Center and I are involved in some VERY interesting research- looking at parents’ and teachers’ satisfaction of how that IEP process works. We all have our stories- heck, we all have our nightmares. We go into an IEP like we’re going into a battle. Sometimes it works. Sometimes, it doesn’t. But IEPs are stressful for everyone involved.
But there’s little to no research out there about what makes a “good” IEP experience- and what makes a “bad” IEP experience for families and teachers of kids with autism. Almost none. So… that’s where we come in.
What I am asking my readers to do- teachers, parents- anyone who has ever sat in on an IEP of a child with autism- is to fill out a survey that we’re doing. You might need to copy and paste the URL of http://tinyurl.com/mla3wm into your browser. AND please, please forward this on to anyone you know- anyone else who has sat down at that IEP table- on either side, and share your story with us. The survey itself should take no more than 10 minutes. It will help us communicate to schools, advocates, and parents how to makes this process better.
There will be some questions about your zip code- and if you’re not in TN or GA, you will get a message that says “Routing problem“, and then continue to offer questions. If you have TN or GA zip codes, you will be asked about specific TN and GA advocacy groups. If you’re not in TN or GA, please keep on, but indicate if you DO use an advocacy group.
All information is anonymous- there is no place to put your name or any identifying information- it’s just an online survey with no way to track back to you or your child at all. So- go ahead. Be honest.
I can’t emphasize this enough- We really, really want to hear from you.
IEP Survey for Parents & Professionals of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
What contributes to satisfaction with the IEP as written and implemented?
1) Preparation for the IEP meeting?
2) Processes used for planning and conducting the IEP meeting?
3) Perceptions of the IEP meeting?
Please tell us!
Complete the survey at http://tinyurl.com/mla3wm
If you wish to take the survey on paper, call or email us with your address.
Lynnette Henderson, PhD 615-936-0448 or 866-936-8852
Claire E. Hughes, PhD (912) 279-5848