Q&A Section – Can I put organizational/study skills in my 9 year old son’s IEP?

This is the question as featured in Issue Number 5

Question: Can I put organizational/study skills in my sons IEP? Also, how do I find a support group?


We frequently get asked what qualifies for IEP goals.  In order to answer this clearly you must have an understanding of the meaning of “school accommodations and modifications” according to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Please read http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.accoms.mods.pdf.

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Here is a list of just a few IEP goals from the site – www.bridges4kids.org/

Objective 6 and 11 should be a priority.

“Content Strand: Classroom/School Skills Annual Goal #10 _______________ will maintain and improve appropriate school skills in the mainstream setting with _______  frequency as measured by ____________.

Objective #1 Generalize appropriate behavior to mainstream settings.

Objective #2 Utilize behavioral checklist or other communication to mainstream teachers and return to designated teacher.

Objective #3 Respect classroom rules and expectations in each mainstream setting.

Objective #4 Adapt to differences in various settings.

Objective #5 Transition to mainstream class appropriately and on time.

Objective #6 Bring necessary materials to mainstream class.

Objective #7 Maintain appropriate hall behavior with escort to rnainstream class.

Objective #8 Maintain appropriate hall behavior independently.

Objective #9 Relate appropriately to mainstream peers in classroom.

Objective #10 Function successfully in mainstream with one to one adult support.

Objective #11 Function successfully and independently in mainstream setting.”

To find a support group for your autistic child or for you as the caregiver I recommend www.meetup.com, or checking Facebook Groups. You can call or email your local Parent Advocacy Center or visit http://nichcy.org/.  I personally joined a group of moms on meetup.com that had children with sensory issues when my daughter was young.

Also, have you joined www.MyAutismTeam.com? It is an online community for people to support and share information.

I hope these are helpful. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Good luck.

Best Regards,
Leslie Burby
Autism Parenting Magazine
Leslie Burby

    Leslie Burby

    Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014).

  • Avatar Ann (@planoslp) says:

    I would further suggest that you take #6 and #11 and break them into pieces that are more concrete. Example: (child) will write down homework assignments in planner every day. You could make a list of some specific study skills he is missing and relate them to that overall goal. A good sped teacher or speech pathologist should be able to help you with the goals.

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