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  • Writer's pictureSarah Tira


Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Part of the IEP discusses your child’s educational setting. Per the IDEA, a child is supposed to be placed in the least restrictive environment possible. This environment always means the place that provides the most access to general education, same grade peers.

Sometimes LRE can be possible with only a few accommodations or modifications made in the general education classroom. Other children may be able to learn in a general education class with adult aide support or a special education co teacher. Some students really do need to learn in a separate class for a variety of reasons, and can only participate minimally with their general education peers. And, a select few students do need the supports that can only be provided in a special school, home-hospital, or residential setting. While these options all fall on a wide spectrum of placements, the important thing to remember is to focus on your child’s needs.

What would make it possible for your child to participate the most with his or her general education peers? If you aren’t sure your child is in their least restrictive environment, bring up the question to your child’s IEP team. And, if you don’t agree with your team’s answer, consult with an advocate for help!

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