CELEBRATE Discomfort

CELEBRATE Discomfort

Embracing a growth mindset through discomfort can be challenging, but it is an important part of your child's personal development.

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Common Manipulations said at an IEP meeting

Common Manipulations said at an IEP meeting

The response? -- "We need to provide him with the Least Restrictive Environment; this will make him dependent on a Sound Field. We want him to be successful without needing that crutch." WHAT?!?

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New Year, New Look at the IEP

New Year, New Look at the IEP

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document that outlines the specific educational and related services that a student with a disability receives. It is individualized to meet the child's specific and unique needs so they can make meaningful progress in school. It should also be greeted with the future in mind; what will they do after high school? What will their living situation be? Will they be employable.? Will they be able to live independently?

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But WAIT... there's more! Don't forget progress reports.

But WAIT... there's more! Don't forget progress reports.

Congratulations! You have an IEP for your child and are happy with the final product. The IEP team collaborated and worked hard to create an IEP that will work for your child. You pat yourself on the back and think, “I’m so grateful I don’t have to do this again for another year.”

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Tips for including the general education teacher in the IEP discussion

Tips for including the general education teacher in the IEP discussion

When the IEP came, and I was blown away. This mother was a genius. She had been data collecting, quote gathering, and priming me for what was to come. She had made me a member of HER team without my realizing it.

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But I have a Diagnosis!!!

But I have a Diagnosis!!!

“My child has been diagnosed, but the school said that doesn’t matter.” This statement is one of the most common frustrations I hear from parents

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Winter Party Mania

Winter Party Mania

Most students love a good class party, but that excitement can aggravate the students with sensory needs. As a teacher, I tried hard to accommodate sensory sensitive students, even in non-party times. Although I do not love a noisy classroom, I know that that noise often means they are LEARNING. But, some students simply don't do well in that collaborative commotion. So, I paired with another nearby teacher to have a desk in the back of her room so when a child needed a break, there was a safe place to go, and I did the same for her.

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My Kid Can't Go to the School Dance ... Can He?

My Kid Can't Go to the School Dance ... Can He?

"In providing or arranging for the provision of nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities, including meals, recess periods, and the services and activities set forth in § 300.107, each public agency1 must ensure that each child with a disability participates with nondisabled children in those extracurricular services and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the need of that child. The public agency must ensure that each child with a disability has the supplementary aids and services2 determined by the child's IEP Team to be appropriate and necessary for the child to participate in nonacademic settings." 34 C.F.R. § 300.117.

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What Do These Numbers Mean?

What Do These Numbers Mean?

I know it can seem daunting, but I'm here to help you figure it out. And if you hyperventilate looking at the paperwork, pop me an email. I thrive on charts, graphs, and numbers.

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What to Expect During the Evaluation?

What to Expect During the Evaluation?

Most of my readers are already in the throws of an IEP, so this process is behind them. However, if you are reading this and that describes you, please leave your experience below for others to read and learn from. Two of my three children have been evaluated. My youngest has been through 6 evaluations (2 through the school and four private.) Our experiences have been vastly different, but there are some constants, so I will speak to those. But please know no two experiences are the same.

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What is Fair Education?

What is Fair Education?

Life is not fair! That is so very true. We know it, kids know it, and teachers know it. However, we can create a school experience that offers more (get ready for an education buzzword) equity.

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