The student is required to carry out a child study of a child who is currently going through the implementation process of an individual education plan (IEP) in place.
CLEAR DEFINITION OF THE CHILD’S SPECIAL NEED – talk about your child – provide
What is the diagnosed need/disability
Write how this usually affect a person e.g. Autism is a condition which
Then discuss how your case study child presents with their need/disability
THE STAGED APPROACH OF THE IEP/IBP
Discuss the staged approach of an IEP as per Guidelines on the Individual Plan Process (NCSE 2006) available on
Write about each part of the process theoretically (i.e. from the document) then describe the process for your study child
How is the curriculum adapted to ensure that the goals/targets of the IEP is reached – how is this seen in reality for your study child
THE PURPOSE OF ASSESSMENTS
Use the documents above to define the purpose of assessment formal (assessment of need) and informal and then how was this process for your study child.
Also discuss assessment of learning and assessment for learning
what role did/do observations play for your study child
The Guidelines on the Individual Plan Process has material on this and also the assessment documents as observation is key to assessment
COPY OF THE IEP
If the school/parent will let you have copy of this, then blank out all identifying information and place in the appendix
If you are not given access to this document, then state this – Due to Data Protection the school did not grant me access to the child’s IEP therefore I will place a sample in the appendix
AGE PROFILE OF THE CHILD
This information will be gained from the child’s assessment report, if this is not available to you then get this information from the child’s parent, teacher or SNA
Describe the setting and class the child attends
THE TEAM INVOLVED IN THE IEP
The people who can be and should be involved are detailed in Guidelines on the Individual Plan Process. Then who was involved in the study child’s IEP
ASSIGNED SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANT (SNA)
State that the role of the SNA is to look after the child’s primary and secondary care needs. Check out
Then discuss the input and involvement of the study child’s SNA to implement the child’s IEP
ROLE OF THE PARENTS AND GOVERNMENT IN THE IEP PROCESS
Again, check out the Guidelines on the Individual Plan Process to see the role of parents under the EPSEN ACT 2004
Then discuss the role of the Disability Act in the assessment of need (AON) process check out
also remember to add the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that ALL children have participation rights
other relevant legislation is listed in the Inclusion Charter (only list relevant material)
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