American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Guidance

From time to time, the ASHA School Services team is asked by members for guidance in writing Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. To answer these questions, the School Services team asked ASHA members across the country if they would share their IEP resources allowing us to post guidance given by their states or their districts or a link to where useful information can be found. Many districts rely on their state department of education for instructions about how to write the IEP. Some states provide sample forms and include benchmarks and short-term objectives as well as suggestions for accommodations. Others include state standards and corresponding speech goals and objectives.

The following members sent information used in their districts:

Barbara Moore, Director of Special Youth Services for Anaheim Union High School District in California said the California State Department of Education offers a resource titled: Training on Writing IEP Based on State Standards.

Judy Rudebusch, Division Director for Special Services in the Irving Independent School District, recommends the ASHA product, Implementing IDEA Developing Educationally Relevant IEPs (2004).

Frank Cirrin, Director of the Speech-Language Program in the Department of Special Education of the Minneapolis Public Schools, sent the results of a full-year activity where all 120 SLPS in the district developed 1) consensus points that most could agree with regarding IEP goals and objectives and 2) a rubric for writing measureable language goals along with many examples. See the Consensus Points on Language Goals [PDF].

Montgomery County Maryland's Public Schools Speech and Language Services Supervisor, Pamela DeFosse in collaboration with her support staff of Jill Brahm and Shelley McAuliff sent their document,  Using the Curriculum to Formulate IEP Goals for Communication Through a Developmental Continuum [PDF], that serves as a framework for writing speech and language goals and objectives. The authors note that the sample IEP goals can be used with and adapted for students from pre-K through secondary school. 

Dana Yala, Speech and Language Department Chair from the Community Consolidated School District #62 in Des Plaines, Illinois, sent the template [PDF] used in their district for writing IEP goals and objectives.

Barbara Conrad, Regional Speech Supervisor in Lagrange Ohio, sent the IEP guidance format [PDF] developed by Elisabeth Neal, Deb McGraw, and Cindy Chalfant.

IEP Resources

LinguiSystems published a newly-revised IEP resource titled The SLP's IEP Companion that promises to assist in integrating communication goals with classroom performance. The Autism Spectrum Disorders IEP Companion is also available. 

Introduction to S.M.A.R.T. IEPs from WETA's Reading Rockets.

A new iPhone application can be downloaded free at the iTunes store. The app provides legal tips and a place for notes when developing IEPs. For more information, see the article IEP Checklist' iPhone App Aims To Level Playing Field from Disability Scoop.

Visit ASHA's IDEA website for information on IDEA regulations and IEPs including:

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