How to Read the Service Delivery on Your IEP, Overview
- the IEP of your fifth child
- the fifth page of your IEP
- the fifth IEP that your child has had
- the fifth section of the IEP – Service Delivery
Good job! You knew the answer because you read my post about page numbers in IEPs, right?
This fifth section of your IEP will be the topic of a few of my posts. Although the section is (usually) only one page long, it packs in a LOT of information. We’ll take it in steps.
Today, we’ll get a general overview and look at three sections created by rows.
IEP5 might be where you go first when you’re looking at your new IEP. It tells you the services that the district is proposing to provide to your child. (Remember, a new IEP is only a proposal until you sign it and get it back to the school.)
One thing that you should know is that we teachers, like you, like to start with this page. “Come on, what happens? How are we serving this kid?” “Hooray, she’s moving into mainstream math!” Or “Great, he’s getting the occupational therapy we were hoping for!”
But teachers are warned not to write this page first when we’re writing IEPs. The service delivery is the end result of a lot of other information.
That reminds me – and this is critical to a good IEP…
Everything in an IEP needs to reference something else. I’ll write more about that another time.
Let’s start with the most general points of IEP5.
First of all, that chart you’re looking at is referred to as a Service Delivery Grid. “Where is ‘Service Delivery Grid’ written?” you ask. Nowhere. That’s just what teachers call it. Now you do too, so you’re In The Know.
“Service” means anything that is provided because of your child’s eligibility for special education.
The Service Delivery Grid has three sections, divided into groups of rows: A, B, C. We refer to them as – can you guess? – the A Grid, B Grid, and C Grid.
When we think about services in special education, we specify whether the child gets the service in a classroom with general and special education students combined or whether the child gets the service in a room of special ed students only.
Let’s look at those alphabetical grids.
The A Grid – This actually refutes what I just said. The A Grid isn’t about your child getting a service, but is about provider-to-adult contact. I haven’t used this section much in my teaching. I’ve inherited some IEPs with A Grid items, but that’s about it. In this section go “consultation” services from one professional to another professional or to parents. It might mean that the special ed teacher talks to the general education teacher, or that a therapist talks to the special education teacher. It might be counseling that is provided to the parents.
The B Grid describes services that happen in a general education setting. If your child is in a general education class and has a specialist in the room, that direction goes here.
The C Grid is about services for your child that happen outside the general education setting.
That’s the big picture of the Service Delivery Grid. The grid divides services into rows that describe who is getting the service and where the service occurs.
Well, we’ve run out of alphabetical rows, so that’s it for now. Next time, we’ll learn about all the pitfalls that can occur in those innocent-looking columns.
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