Tips for Communicating in IEP Meetings

Annette Clarahan, Family & Educator Coordinator

  • Make sure your Body Language matches the words you’ve spoken
  • Voice tone can help deescalate a situation or it can cause chaos
  • Watch your facial expressions 
  • Looking at your phone during a meeting, even if it’s under the table, can be distracting or perceived as not valuing the parents time or their child’s best interest  
  • If wearing a mask, Make sure your eyes and your body language are tuned in to the students family & other IEP members around the table. We tend to make interpretations from our perceptions which many times are not accurate

Good communication skills help build parents’ trust in LEA & AEA staff & reaffirm we are here to do what’s best for their children.

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