Yes! You Can Include Your ABA Care Team in IEP Meetings

include your aba team in iep meetings

Introduction

Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings are crucial moments in a child’s educational journey. These meetings involve school staff, parents, and sometimes outside professionals who work with the child to develop a plan tailored to the child’s specific needs and goals. For children receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, it is equally important to include their ABA care team in these discussions.

ABA therapy is a scientifically validated approach to helping individuals improve their behavior and develop new skills. ABA therapists work closely with children and parents to implement targeted interventions, collect data on progress, and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed. Given the specialized knowledge and expertise of ABA therapists, their input in IEP meetings can be invaluable.

Including the ABA care team in IEP meetings provides several benefits for the child:

  1. A Comprehensive Understanding of the Child’s Needs: ABA therapists have a deep understanding of the child’s strengths, challenges, and individualized goals. Their input can help ensure that the IEP accurately reflects the child’s current level of functioning and identifies appropriate goals for the coming year.
  2. Collaboration and Coordination of Services: Including the ABA care team in IEP meetings allows for better coordination of services between school staff and outside professionals. This collaboration can help ensure that interventions are consistent across settings and that everyone is working towards the same goals.
  3. Data-Driven Decision Making: ABA therapists collect data on the child’s progress and use this information to make informed decisions about treatment. Sharing this data with the IEP team can help guide the development of specific, measurable goals for the child.
  4. Advocacy for the Child’s Needs: ABA therapists are advocates for their clients and can speak up for what is in the child’s best interest during the IEP meeting. Their input can help ensure that the child receives the support and accommodations they need to succeed in the school setting.

In order to include the ABA care team in IEP meetings, it is important for parents to communicate with both the school and the ABA provider in advance. Parents should coordinate schedules to ensure that all relevant parties can attend the meeting and discuss the child’s progress and needs.

Overall, including the ABA care team in IEP meetings can lead to more comprehensive, coordinated, and effective support for children. By working together, parents, school staff, and ABA professionals can create a plan that addresses the child’s individual needs and sets them up for success in the school environment.

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Kayli Pledger
Kayli PledgerBCBA
Kayli Pledger is a BCBA with a Masters of Science in ABA. Originally from Alabama, Kayli is currently serving families in the greater Atlanta area. Kayli began her career in ABA volunteering in her highschool’s special needs classrooms as a participant of lower Alabama’s project outreach program. Being a part of the project outreach program allowed her to connect with the science of ABA and experience what a difference a compassionate and accepting individual could make in the lives of those effected with neurodivergent diagnoses. Kayli is passionate about advocating for individual needs and making sure that every individual gets the opportunity to flourish with their own personality and independence. Kayli enjoys working with families to design goals that make everyday life easier, more accessible, and overall more enjoyable. When working on learning opportunities Kayli focuses on helping learners get into their less restrictive environments and increasing independence with an emphasis on allowing them to continue to show their individuality. In the future Kayli would like to create a system to continue to help support and educate families that may not need full time ABA services, but would benefit from further ABA education and behavioral support. In her spare time Kayli loves to read and listen to K-pop and as an added fun fact she can spin fire fans like a circus show!

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