The IEP Process: A Summary

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The meta-analysis, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Parents’ Perceptions of the IEP Process: A Review of Current Research, written by Katie Wolfe and Lillian Duran (2013), purposed to determine the perception of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) parents and the factors that influence their participation in IEP meetings. Dr. Wolfe is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina with expertise in autism, applied behavior analysis, early childhood special education, and single-subject methodology. Dr. Duran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University. Wolfe and Duran (2013) focus on a review of the research on the experiences of CLD parents because of the changing demographics, the disproportionate representation of CLD children, and the incorporation of diversity standards into state teacher licensure programs. Wolfe and…show more content…
Teachers and other professionals require more training to work effectively with interpreters and pick up on body language and social, nonverbal cues. Teachers also need more training to work with bilingual students and their families. Wolfe and Duran (2013) also suggested that professionals provide knowledge to parents about IDEA and current laws concerning special education, informing them of their rights and the responsibilities of the school. Parents should be provided special training about the IEP process to become familiar with the steps and their role in the meeting. Access to other parents with students involved in special education could provide parents with a network of support. Cross-cultural communication strategies such as Skilled Dialogue would provide professionals and parents a guide to ensure the parents can establish goals for their
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