The goal of facilitation
is to help the IEP/IFSP team improve the way it identifies and solves problems
then makes decisions in order to increase the IEP/IFSP team's effectiveness.
The results of an IEP/IFSP Meeting that is facilitated can be much more
productive and time-efficient than previous IEP/IFSP Meetings.
The facilitator's role is
to support and advocate for the IEP/IFSP meeting process, while the team
focuses on the IEP/IFSP content with the purpose of gaining early
resolution while improving team relationships.
Benefits of a Facilitated IEP/IFSP Meeting:
Promotes a collaborative IEP/IFSP process
Fosters open communication
Maintains focus on the
Assists the team to
Guides attention toward the
Endorses the investigation
of and evaluation of options
communication and listening techniques
effectiveness compared to a due process hearing
The facilitated IEP/IFSP process is
designed to work best when the disagreement is student or situation
specific. If a dispute raises
systemic concerns or a situation that does not appear to be
solution-oriented, then this process is not a viable option.
IEP/IFSP Facilitators are
advocates for a collaborative process and not for a particular outcome.