IEP Goal Writing for Parents (Ep 103)

 

Special Education Parents, you are the expert on your child. You know your child better than anyone else. Still, IEP goal writing can be stressful for parents. Lean on the education experts to help you create meaningful goals that will support your student in further education,...

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Change an IEP without a meeting? It's Possible! (sometimes)

Delay after delay after delay is what many parents and teachers are experiencing in the Special Education system right now.

I know it may feel like this is how it is all the time, but this year it's different.

It's happening to everyone and on top of that, many students NEED their IEP changed...

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The Purpose of an IEP

No really, it's the law. 

IDEA, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, was signed into law in 1975.   "The stated purpose of the IDEA is (About IDEA):

  • to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education...
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Special Ed DMs that Made Me Cringe (Ep 102)

 

I LOVE connecting with my followers through my DMs, but it's not all positive. Today, I'll share 2 messages that need some clarification. I'm sharing these so that you have the knowledge of what is incorrect in this feedback because misunderstandings can derail an IEP team so quickly....
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Stop Cramming IEP Goals

An IEP is not supposed to cover every detail of every skill that a child will learn during their school day. Decide right now, today, that you will focus on the highest priorities for your child or student to be successful in preparing for further education, employment, and independent living.

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Transform Your Perspective with Jillian Benfield (Ep 101)

 

"Parenting a child with a disability is the hardest thing that I've ever done AND it is also the greatest joy of my life." Lean in and listen as Jillian Benfield describes how changing her perspective and her language helps advocate for the needs of her son with Down Syndrome. Jillian's...

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IEP Goal Writing for Parents

Parents have been asking me for 25 years how to write their child's IEP goals. Instead of teaching them to write SMART goals (that's the teacher's job!) I share how create an AWESOME parent input statement and then focus on three things...

1. What does your child already know?
2. What is...

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Facilitate Friendships

Forcing friendships is not fun for anyone. Friendships happen by finding common likes, dislikes, and activities. This is possible in the classroom, on the playground, and so many more places within a school community.

Use a student interest inventory to get a jumpstart on facilitating...

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Meet Catherine's Brother, Robert! (Ep 100)

 

Meet my brother, Robert! He's 44, has Down syndrome, and surprised me with the sweetest words at the end of this episode. Find out what he loved about high school and who is a better golfer, me or him!

Want to know the 12 questions I would ask if I was sitting at the IEP for my brother?...

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Don't forget your Self-Care!

Special Education Teachers and Parents,

This week is going to demand a lot of you.

Take care of you, your space, and your thoughts.

Don't forget to share this with your fellow teachers and parents!

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IEP Goal Genius Zone

Special Education Parents and Teachers...

 

An IEP goal isn't about just the state standards. 

It isn't about just what the teacher wants to teach. 

Nor is it just what a parent asks for.

 

It's a whole combination of what is required, the expertise at the IEP table, and...

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3 Surprising Insights from an Emotional Support Classroom Teacher (Ep 99)

Special Education Parents and Teachers: You are not alone when dealing with challenging student behaviors fueled by emotions. Students in Jenny Walmsley's Emotional Support classroom are intended to only be temporary visitors, always working towards "graduation" out of these extra services. Join...

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