Facilitated IEPs use a facilitator (a trained person not on the IEP team) to assist with how the IEP team communicates and moves through an IEP meeting. Although not required under IDEA, Virginia is among the states that have decided to use this tool. Bringing in an outside facilitator can calm tempers and moods. Facilitated IEPs can improve relationships between IEP team members, can help quickly resolve issues, and allow the team to work more efficiently and effectively. It may not be the best tool to use if the issue is time-sensitive because there are a limited number of facilitators and it takes time to set up the process. Here’s more on facilitated IEPs.