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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



The IEP meeting should always start on a positive note - discussing your child's strengths. Staffing teams sometimes refer to this as "Current Level of Functioning" or "Current Level of Achievement." In any case, your opinions of your child's strengths are important.

In order for a child to be appropriately served by Special Education Services, each child must be viewed as a "whole child," with gifts, talents, and abilities. Focus on the positive, not simply the negative (deficits). A child's strengths should be a part of any IEP and these strengths should be drawn upon when developing goals and objectives.

Strengths should be identified in all five areas described an page 1. In addition, strengths should not be limited to only academics and/or physical abilities. They can, and should, include interests, skills, hobbies, personal traits, etc.


  •   Matt is great at basketball.

  •   Dylan is trying really hard to talk.

  •   Benjamin knows how to use the computer.

  •   Emily likes to play board games with other girls.

  •   Nicole can read 4th grade textbooks.

List strengths for (child's name). Always 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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