The IEP should address all areas in which a child needs educational assistance. These can include academic and non-academic goals if the services to be provided will result in educational benefit for the child. All areas of projected need, such as social skills (playing with other children, responding to questions), functional skills (dressing, crossing the street), and related services (occupational, speech, or physical therapy) can also be included in the IEP. The IEP should list the setting in which the services will be provided and the professionals who will provide the service. Content of an IEP must include the following:
- A statement of the child’s present level of educational performance. This should include both academic and nonacademic aspects of their performance.
- A statement of goals that the student may reasonably accomplish in the next 12 months. This statement should also include a series of measurable intermediate objectives for each goal. This will help both the parents/care providers and educators to know whether the child is progressing and benefiting from their education. The development of specific, well-defined goals and objectives is crucial to your child receiving an appropriate education.