Purpose/Use for SLPs
Speech/Language Only IEP Meetings
The Basics of a S/L only IEP meeting:
1. Invite parents, one general education teacher.
2. Invite principal/or get permission to serve as Local Educational
Agency (LEA) representative.
3. If the general ed. teacher or principal can’t attend, find an
appropriate substitute. *Indicate the role of each person on the
4. Hold the meeting. **All attendees should sign and indicate which
role they are serving i.e. LEA rep; general education teacher, etc.
5. IF you can’t find an appropriate substitute, you will need to
utilize the excusal form: Parent agreement OR Informed Consent
(see below for detail on how to use).
6. Location of excusal form: Filemaker-- Notice & Consent Forms--
Excusal of an IEP team member.
Excusal Form: Purpose
1. This form is intended to be an infrequently used option.
2. The form’s purpose is to provide IEP teams with the flexibility to
schedule an IEP meeting with a parent at the parent’s earliest
convenience even when the schedules of one or more other required
IEP team members will not allow for attendance.
3. Excusal is the procedure for obtaining either parent agreement or
informed parental consent to allow a required member (or appropriate
substitute) of a child’s IEP team to be absent from an IEP meeting.
Excusal Form: Use for SLPs
1. Determine the required members at an IEP meeting.
According to 300.321 (IDEA regulation), the IEP team must
The parents of the child.
Not less than 1 regular education teacher of the
Not less than 1 special education teacher of the
child. SLP SERVES THIS ROLE.
A LEA representative of the public agency
(qualified to provide, or supervise the provision
of instruction to meet the needs of the child; is
knowledgeable about the general education
curriculum, and is knowledgeable about the
availability of resources of the public agency).
SLPs MAY SERVE AS LEA
REPRESENTATIVES IF GIVEN
PERMISSION BY THEIR DISTRICT
SPEECH/LANGUAGE ONLY IEP
An individual who can interpret the
instructional implications of evaluation results.
SLP SERVES THIS ROLE.
***Typically, the Speech/Language Only IEP meeting will consist
of the following:
Regular Education Teacher
LEA representative: EITHER SLP or principal
***The SLP may serve as both SLP and LEA rep. at a meeting.***
Substitution: When to Use for Speech/Language Only IEP meetings:
One common alternative to completing the excusal form includes
substituting another individual for the absent team member. The substitute
team member should be qualified to perform the same role as the absent
1. The SLP may serve as the LEA representative, in place of the
principal, with permission from District Administrator(s). **You must
identify yourself as the LEA representative on the signature page of
the IEP in these instances.**
2. Any general education teacher who implements this child’s IEP, or
who has the potential of implementing the IEP in the future may
substitute for the general education teacher.
(The following may NOT substitute for the general education teacher:
a counselor, principal, special education teacher, special
education administrator, technical assistance supervisor, related
services provider—anyone who is not a general education teacher in
the applicable school setting/grade).
3. One SLP may substitute for another SLP at an IEP meeting.
Excusal Form: When it is necessary
1. Parent agreement is enough IF the absent team member has no direct
responsibility for implementing or overseeing the portion of the IEP
content that will be discussed at the IEP meeting. (This option is
included on the excusal form). *You probably won’t use this
section. You would always want your general education teacher
present to comment on communication status in the classroom.*
2. Informed parent consent is required if the absent team member does
have responsibilities for overseeing and/or implementing some of the
anticipated IEP content. (This option is included on the excusal
form). *If you ask for and collect input in writing from the general
education teacher in advance of the IEP meeting, then you’ll
always have that information at the time of the meeting.*
3. The wording of the regulation implies prior knowledge and
communication with the parent before the IEP meeting is scheduled,
or at least begins. It does allow for the excusal to be used at the time
of the IEP meeting as well.
4. A PARENT MAY REFUSE CONSENT/AGREEMENT FOR
EXCUSAL, REQUIRING AN IEP MEETING TO BE
RESCHEDULED AT A TIME WHEN ALL REQUIRED IEP
MEMBERS CAN BE PRESENT.
Excusal with a Report Requirement:
1. When excused with parent consent, the IEP team member whose area
of implementation is being discussed at the meeting must submit a
report to the team members.
2. The report must be provided to the team members prior to the IEP