Trisha Bergin-Lytton, M.Ed.
Mediator, IEP Facilitator, Trainer & Consultant




Why mediate? To resolve certain contentious issues that have developed between specific persons which ultimately interferes with the IEP meeting process.   The primary goal is that all persons participating in the IEP meeting be able to focus on the development an individual educational plan that is in the best interest of the youngster and not be sidetracked by other problematic issues.

When to mediate? Prior to the IEP meeting so the IEP process is not hindered.  This format allows particular persons to resolve their concerns between each other prior to the IEP meeting, enabling the IEP Team to concentrate on IEP issues only. 

Who attends the mediation? Only those specific persons with the disagreement who have decision-making power, not the entire IEP Team.

Mediation Benefits:

      Structured process
      Allows for direct communication
      Common goal
      Personalized resolution
      Binding agreement
      Third party assistance
      Neutral meeting environment
      Cost effective
      Productive future work together

Mediators are advocates for a fair process and not for a particular settlement.



Trisha's Special Education Mediation Resolution Results
1997 through

( over 90 mediations)

AVERAGE  =   82%