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The Counselor and the Individualized Education Program

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Shannon Young

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Transcript of The Counselor and the Individualized Education Program

The Counselor and the
Educational Program Writing an IEP Developing an IEP Implementing IEP's Counselors must make sure that the IEP team understands that they are not psychologists, special educators or administrators. These individuals play their own specific roles. A counselor's role within implementing an IEP depends on the goals and objectives stated in the IEP, the severity of handicap and the students age. The school counselors role in implementing the Education for All Handicapped Children varies from school to school. A counselors most important role in implementing the Education for all Handicapped Children act is assisting in the development of an Individualized Education Plan or IEP. Counselors can provide important information about:
Cognitive development impact
Help with social, emotional and behavioral development and setting appropriate goals
Design intervention programs that focus on cognitive development
Counselors assist in helping the student, teacher and parents in delivering indirect and direct services that have been primarily for nonhandicapped students. Counselors should have access to information about legislation and regulations to assist with the IEP process An IEP is implemented to assist a handicapped student in receiving an education in the least restrictive environment. Professional Involved:
Local educational agency representative
An individual that has been requested by parents or another agency
A member of the evaluation team Components in a written IEP:
1. A statement of the students current performance level based from an assessment
2. Annual and short term goals listed.
3. Specific educational services that will be provided
4. A description of the amount of time that the student will be able to participate in the regular program
5. The date in which the services will begin and how long the services will be provided
6. Objective of the plan that can be evaluated annually
An IEP has three main components:
The service plan as a whole
An plan of how it will be implemented
A plan of how it will be evaluated Parent consent must be received before any testing or intervention plans can be constructed Counselors most important contribution is that of collaboration and consultation with school personnel and parents. Teachers may need assistance until an IEP is implemented because of behavioral difficulties within the classroom. Counselors can assist by observing and assessing the situation and environment. They can then assist in developing instructional strategies. Counselors may become responsible for collecting data on the student and family environment and assess social-emotional behavior.
Counselors may also administer assessment tools such as, interest inventories, self-concept measures, interest inventories and problem checklists. Counselors hold an important role during team meetings by providing emotional, behavioral and social goals because they are frequently overlooked. Communication is an essential part of a successful implementation of an IEP and counselors can assist with this by:
Communicating with community agencies
Working with parents to develop strategies that can be used to reinforce concepts at home
Provide parents with opportunities to be a part of their educational process In order for students to be in the least restrictive environment, students with a handicap are often placed in a regular education classroom. This can out teachers in a difficult situations because many are not trained in special education. The school counselor can be a form of support for the teacher. Counselors are consultants for teachers where they are able to conduct training in:
Standardized testing
Due process and parents rights
Social, emotional and motivational needs of students with a handicap
Observing the behavior of classmates
Strategies for managing behavior
A referral procedure
Identifying different handicap conditions Having students with a handicap within the classroom can be a change for many, including the students. The counselor can create lessons to address accepting others and individual differences Kameen, M. C., & McIntosh, D. K. (1979). The Counselor and the Individualized Educational Program. Personnel & Guidance Journal, 58(4), 238. Counselors play a pivotal role in constructing, implementing and evaluating an IEP. They are able to use the knowledge that they have to help other professionals and individuals within the students life while working to assure that collaboration is being pursued.
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