Building an Individualized Education Plan for a Child With Angelman Syndrome

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by Emily Malcolm, PhD |

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Angelman syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness starting from a young age. Children with the disorder often struggle with physical and mental developmental delays, but they can still go to school and socialize. One of the tools their parents can use is an individualized education plan (IEP).

What is an IEP?

An IEP is a detailed plan worked out by the school administration and the parents or caregivers of a child with special needs. The IEP lays out special accommodations that the child requires and the support and services that will be provided by the school or daycare center.

How do I build an IEP for my child?

To get started building an IEP, ask your child’s physician about the treatments needed during the school day. Can your child walk between classes? Can he or she sit comfortably for the class period? Does he or she need an exemption from physical education classes?

Next, talk to school administrators about the services they can provide. Outline your child’s schedule and include benchmarks for their schooling.

Make changes when necessary

An IEP is expected to change as your child grows and develops. After a few months or a year, some accommodations may not be necessary while new ones may need to be added. Discuss any changes with the school and your child’s physician.


Last updated: September 10, 2019


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