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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens

Sep 18, 2019

My guest this week is Dr. Vaughn Lauer, an educator with over thirty years of experience in the field of special education. Working as a teacher, a university instructor, and a building, district and state administrator in the field of public education, Dr. Lauer’s experience spans all levels of education from preschool to university. He has presented at the state, national and international levels and authored a book on collaborative IEP development called ‘When the School Says No: How To Get the Yes’. 

In this episode, Dr. Lauer and I discuss how parents can better facilitate their Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings to target their child’s specific needs. Dr. Lauer breaks down his six key questions and provides parents with the resources to take these steps and effectively implement them on their own. Dr. Lauer’s programs were created to combat the common difficulties encountered in the special education system by institutions, teachers, and parents alike to ensure the common goal of understanding, assessing and tending to each child’s individual needs. To learn more about Dr. Lauer click here.


Episode Highlights

6 Key Questions to Utilize in IEP Meetings

  • First, establish IEP etiquette before the meeting begins and then follow the questions in order
    • 1. What do we know?
    • 2. Where do we need to go?
    • 3. How will we get there?
    • 4. How do we know we're getting there?
    • 5. How do we know we’ve arrived?
    • 6. Where do we go from here?
  • Detailed steps and tips to this process can be found in Dr. Lauer’s book 


IEP Etiquette

  • Rules set in place for a successful meeting 
  • By setting these rules and allowing everyone to have a say on what will be effective questions for the meeting at hand, collaboration naturally ensues
  • This subtle collaboration is based on asking questions versus telling someone what to do
    • A key rule to keep no matter what is to stay on topic

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