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Instructions for Using This ReportChanging the Meeting to Change the Outcomes
IEP Planning ReportStrengths Needs
Annual GoalsWriting IEP GoalsShort Term Objectives
Writing Short Term ObjectivesRelated ServicesCharacteristics of Services



Special Education Services are based on a child's strengths and needs. These
needs must be explored for all five of the areas listed on page 3. Needs must be
very specific and written in plain English!

When thinking of your child's needs, don't be limited by what you think may or may not be available at the school. It's called an IEP because a program must be individualized to each student. The program designed must "fit" the child; the child is not supposed to "fit" into the existing school program!

What does a student need in order to benefit from special education services?
Needs should be detailed, comprehensive, and, again, represent all five of the
areas previously outlined on page 1.


  •   Benjamin needs to learn to move around the classroom and the school
    building independently in his wheelchair.
  •   Dylan needs to learn communication skills using a picture board
    (communication device) to help him talk.
  •   Emily needs to learn how to read.
  •   Matt needs to be able to model typical peer behavior.
  •   Nicole needs to learn typical 4th grade science.

List needs for (child's name). Start each need with the child's name!

(Add additional pages, as necessary.)

List needs for (child's name). Start each strength with the child's name!

(Add additional pages, as necessary.)

Prepared by Kathy Snow (with lots of help from others)
250 Sunnywood Lane, Woodland Park, CO 80863-9434
719-687-8194, Fax 719-687-8114, e-mail:
You may copy and distribute this report in its entirety Revised 8/97

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