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CPSE/CSE Meeting Pointers

by Sheryl R. Frishman, Esq.
Frishman & Faber
399 Knollwood Road
White Plains, NY 10603

How Should a Parent Prepare for and Participate in a CSE Meeting?

How should a parent prepare for and participate in a CSE meeting?

  • Prepare a meeting agenda with the three most important things that you hope to accomplish
  • Spirit of collaboration
  • Listen to all CSE members
  • Assert yourself and redirect members to the purpose of the meeting outlined in the meeting agenda
  • Remember, the parent is a member of the CPSE/CSE and must be afforded meaningful participation

What should a parent consider in drafting the child's IEP?

  • Goals: focus on IEP goals. The goals are the roadmap.
  • Include functional goals (nonacademic routine activities of daily living) that help children function in the world
  • Services: all special education and related services must be listed in the IEP
  • CPSE/CSE team must consider for each child with a disability whether extended year services (EYS) are necessary to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education "FAPE" (student will suffer significant regression of skills or knowledge, followed by an insufficient recoupment during the next school year; other considerations for EYS). EYS must run for at least 30 days.
  • Is "parent training" an option.
  • Remember, the child is entitled to receive meaningful educational benefit from FAPE but is not entitled to the best program

What are the characteristics of good IEP goals?

  • Goals must be clear, objective, observable, and measurable: consider what you want the student to know or be able to do at the end of the academic year as a result of the IEP.
  • Consider goals in the following areas: study skills, academic (reading, writing, math); social/emotional/behavioral/; speech/language/oral motor; occupational therapy; daily living skills; physical therapy
  • Annual IEP goals; short-term instructional objectives and benchmarks required only for students with severe disabilities who are eligible for alternative assessments

Sheryl Frishman, Esq.
Frishman & Faber
Tel: (914) 898-2106

This is not legal advice. Please do not rely on this without first consulting with an attorney.

Disclaimer: Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) provides this information in an effort to help parents find local special education professionals and resources. ISER does not recommend or endorse any particular special education referral source, special educational methodological bias, type of special education professional, or specific special education professional.


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