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What the difference Difference between a PPT and an IEP?

PPT stands for the Planning and Placement Team. Members of the Planning and Placement Team consist of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student, school personnel including the special education teacher, regular education teacher, and related service providers (OT, PT, Speech, School Psychologist, etc.). Students are also considered to be a member of the Planning and Placement Team, especially when they are over the age of 14. On some occasions, either the school or parent(s) can request additional family members, outside service providers, or advocates to be a part of the Planning and Placement Team.


The Planning and Placement can hold a PPT meeting for a variety of reasons. Each meeting is reflected in the student’s IEP, which stands for an Individualized Education Program. The IEP is considered a legal document that outlines the student’s special education program. While all IEPs contain the same sections (meeting summary, recommendations, goals/objectives, hours of service, etc.) each document is tailored to reflect the specific strengths and areas for improvement. It is best to think of the IEP as the “map” or “blueprint” that explains and guides the Planning and Placement Team in providing the student with specialized instruction.


Things I would like parents to know:


  • YOU are the most important member of the Planning and Placement Team. Your opinions, thoughts, feelings, and ideas are vital in supporting your child’s overall success.

  • Early interventions are proven to help students succeed later on in their educational journey. The sooner you seek out services, the better.

  • Autism is a spectrum, which means the way it impacts children can vary significantly. No two children on the spectrum are alike.

  • Celebrate the small victories, they add up to be huge strides over time.

  • Only compare your child to themselves. In other words, instead of focusing on how your child compares to others, look at how far they’ve come since a previous time. Everyone grows and develops differently and in their own time.

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