Why Transcribe Your Child's Planning and Placement

Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings are an essential step in getting your special needs child the services he or she needs. A lot of important conversations happen at PPT meetings - discussions about required evaluations, eligibility for special education services, and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and sometimes, even when you're taking detailed notes, it's easy to miss a detail.

Making an audio recording of your PPT meeting is perfect for ensuring that you have a complete, clear record of what was discussed in the meeting. It's always best to ask permission to record audio to make sure that everyone in the meeting is comfortable with being recorded. Many states have language in their special education regulations about their rules on audio recording, so make sure you read up. But otherwise, you can simply use a voice recorder. Most smartphones and tablets come standard with some a voice recording app, or you can also use a program for your laptop.

While it's great to have an audio recording of your PPT meeting that you can reference later, it's a difficult format to share. Transcribing the audio recording puts it into text, a format that is easy to pass on to all the important people on your child's team. Also, having the text in digital format means you can search for specific parts of the conversation quickly. Transcripts are easily passed on to therapists, teachers, and caretakers, so you are sure that everyone is on the same page.

Every parent wants to ensure that their child has the best services, and it can no doubt be frustrating and tiring. Having a transcribed copy of your PPT meeting means you can have peace of mind knowing that no part of your plan gets overlooked.

If you need help transcribing your child's PPT meetings, please contact Connecticut Secretary today. We can take your audio recording of the PPT meeting and transcribe it for you.

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