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Special Education ARD Meeting: What You Need to Know

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*Updated Dec 1st2022 with more current information

Special Education ARD Meeting: What You Need to Know

If you are the parent of a child with special needs, then you know that navigating the special education system can be tricky. There are a lot of acronyms and jargon to learn, and it can be hard to know where to start. In this article, we will discuss what a special education ARD meeting is, and what you need to know in order to have a successful meeting.

An ARD is a meeting that is held in order to develop, review, or revise an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a document that outlines the annual goals and services that will be provided to your child in order to ensure their success in school. The ARD process can be confusing, but it is important to remember that you are an equal member of the team. This means that you have a right to ask questions, share your concerns, and provide input into your child’s education. With proper preparation, you can ensure that the ARD meeting is productive and helpful for everyone involved.

Key Takeaways

  • The ARD meeting is a meeting held in order to develop, review, or revise an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which is a document that outlines the goals and services provided to a child with special needs in order to ensure their success in school.
  • An ARD committee generally involves the child’s parent or guardian, the child’s teacher, a school administrator, a special education coordinator, a school psychologist, and other professionals as needed.
  • The purpose of an annual ARD committee meeting is to discuss the student’s progress and needs in order to develop an IEP that meets their individual needs. This input from parents is crucial in making sure that children with special needs are getting what they need from their education.
  • Preparing for an ARD meeting can be daunting but it is important for parents to understand their role in advocating for their child’s education. Parents should review records beforehand , make lists of questions and topics they want discuss, and familiarize themselves with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

What is an ARD committee and what is its purpose?

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The term “ARD” stands for “Admission, Review, and Dismissal.” It is a meeting that is held in order to develop, review, or revise an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a document that outlines the goals and services that will be provided to your child in order to ensure their success in school. Generally, an ARD committee meeting might involve the following people:

  • The child’s parent or guardian
  • The child’s teacher
  • A school administrator
  • A special education coordinator
  • A school psychologist
  • An occupational therapist
  • A speech therapist
  • Other professionals, as needed

The purpose of the annual ARD committee meeting is to discuss the student’s progress and needs in order to develop an IEP that is tailored to their individual needs. This meeting is an important opportunity for you to share your input and ensure that your child’s educational needs are being met.

What does an ARD meeting usually involve?

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An ARD committee meeting is typically divided into three parts:

  • The review of the student’s current educational situation
  • The discussion of the student’s goals
  • The development or revision of the IEP

During the first part of the meeting, everyone in attendance will review the student’s progress and discuss any concerns that they might have. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your input. The second part of the meeting will focus on the student’s goals. Together, the team will discuss what goals are realistic and achievable given the student’s current situation. The final part of the meeting is when the IEP is developed or revised. This document outlines the services and supports that will be provided to the student in order to help them achieve their goals. It is important to remember that you are an equal member of the team and that your input is valuable.

What is the role of the parent in an ARD meeting?

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As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s education. One way to ensure that your child is receiving the best possible education is to participate in the ARD meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for you to share your input and ensure that your child’s educational needs are being met. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the student’s progress and needs in order to develop an IEP that is tailored to their individual needs. This is your chance to make sure that your child’s teachers are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and that they are working on strategies to help your child succeed. Participating in the ARD meeting is one of the best ways to advocate for your child’s education and ensure that they are receiving the services they need.

Attending an ARD meeting can be daunting, particularly if you are new to the process. It’s important to remember that you are there to advocate for your child and that you should feel comfortable asking questions and sharing your concerns. The best way to prepare for an ARD meeting is to review your child’s records beforehand and make a list of questions or topics that you would like to discuss. You should also take some time to familiarize yourself with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) so that you understand your rights and your child’s rights. With proper preparation, you can ensure that the ARD meeting is productive and helpful for everyone involved.

What are some tips for preparing for the ARD meeting?

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Preparing for the ARD meeting can be a daunting task, but there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. First, it is important to understand the purpose of the meeting and what you hope to accomplish. This will help you develop objectives for the meeting. Next, you should gather any information or documentation that you think might be helpful. This might include your child’s records, progress reports, or test scores. Finally, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights and your child’s rights. Familiarizing yourself with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will ensure that you are prepared to advocate for your child’s education.

What should you do after the ARD meeting?

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The ARD meeting is just one step in the process of ensuring that your child is receiving the best possible education. After the meeting, it is important to follow up with the school to make sure that they are implementing the IEP as discussed. You should also keep track of your child’s progress and let the school know if you have any concerns. If you feel like your child is not making adequate progress, you can always request another ARD meeting. Remember, the best way to advocate for your child is by ensuring that their educational needs are being met.

Final thoughts on the role of the parent in an ARD meeting

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The ARD meeting is an important step in the process of developing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for a student with special needs. As a parent, you play an important role in this meeting, and it is important to be prepared. With proper preparation, you can ensure that the meeting is productive and helpful for everyone involved. After the meeting, it is important to follow up with the school to make sure that they are implementing the IEP as discussed. You should also keep track of your child’s progress and let the school know if you have any concerns.

About Above and Beyond Caring

Above and Beyond Caring is a provider in the Texas HCS program that has been helping individuals with special needs in Brazoria and Galveston Counties since 2007. We are dedicated to providing quality services that enable our clients to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Our mission is to provide individualized services that promote independence and self-sufficiency for individuals with special needs and their families.

If you would like more information about our services or if you need assistance preparing for an ARD meeting, please contact us at (979) 202-0055. We are here to help!

About Mary Jenkins

Mary Jenkins has over 25 years experience helping individuals with IDD live and thrive in their community. She founded Above and Beyond Caring in 2007 to provide Texas HCS services in the Texas Gulf Coast area. She is also the Director of the Community Inclusion Project, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all individuals have access to their community. She is passionate about her work and believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to be a part of, and contribute to, the world around them. Mary is a tireless advocate who is passionate about helping individuals with IDD live fuller, more meaningful lives.

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