An Individualized Education Program (IEP) should be a help! The mandated purpose is to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.

The IEP is both a document and a process and often, at points in the process, parents and guardians find themselves stressed by nagging questions:

Is my child’s special education plan as good as it should be?
What does all this confusing language actually mean?
How does this volume of paper really help my child?

You don’t have to do this by yourself. Help is just a click away through AANE Child and Teen Services IEP Review. We have the personal and professional expertise to guide you through the IEP process, reduce your stress and concern, and help you feel confident about your child's IEP.

The IEP Review Program is a two hour IEP review.

  1. Hour one: a Child and Teen Services parent coach examines the education plan and other relevant documents.
  2. Hour two: parents meet with the coach (in-person, by phone or with Skype) and together review the plan line by line.

Once the IEP Review Program request is received, the coach contacts the parents to discuss all the key documents to provide for review. In addition, the coach provides detailed, written notes that can be printed and easily available to support parents in their IEP discussions.

The IEP Review Program can be complemented with Parent Coaching hours for additional coaching and strategizing about your role on the IEP team. Take the next step. Click here and select “IEP Review” to arrange an appointment. For questions, please email

“I consider myself savvy about forms and process but when I received the IEP from the school I was overwhelmed. The IEP Review Program gave me the understanding and confidence to participate as a full partner in the team and get the best outcome for my child.”

“My child has had an IEP for years. When this year’s review came up I called for help. I wanted to be sure that we were doing the best for our child.”

Meet Jean Stern

Jean Stern, MS, is Parent Coach and Coordinator of Training and Consultation for Child and Teen Services at AANE. She has 20 years of experience in special education, parent training and autism consulting. She spent thirteen years in Independent SPED Services consulting with school systems throughout Massachusetts on state policy implementation, curriculum development, staff training and team building. Other past positions include serving as the Director of Children’s Services at AANE and as a consultant at the Mass General Hospital Aspire program. She has two grandchildren with ASD/Asperger profiles.