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How can an IEP help a child with an autism spectrum disorder?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

An Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, is a tool that teachers, therapists, and parents can use to help a child with an autism spectrum disorder succeed in their educational environment. An IEP can provide important guidance for educators so that the child has a safe and positive learning environment. In general, parents, therapists, and educators work together to create an IEP.

Sarine Salama
Sarine Salama on behalf of MDLIVE
Psychology Specialist
An IEP is considered legal documentation. When an IEP is formed, it involves formal testing, parent feedback as well as input from the educators that the child deals with. Autistic children will greatly benefit from having an IEP in their school setting because it gives the educators and school personnel set goals that they have to follow in order to assist the child in their school environment. Goals can be very simple such as having the child "complete 3 out 4" tasks in a day, or having the child meet certain goals in regards to therapy.

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