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Never Underestimate My Brother

Proud sister moment! My brother is 42 and has Down syndrome. He didn't grow up with iPhones and social media (just like most of us), but he figures it out! My mom snapped this pic of him video chatting through FB Messenger with his friend from Special Olympic Figure Skating. She also has Down syndrome.
 
Things to know...
 
1. My brother's education and IEPs were far from perfect, but paperwork from 25 years ago doesn't stop him from learning more everyday.
 
2. Inclusion in general education or "normal" community activities is great, but NEVER EVER underestimate the power of the special needs community. Our friends we made through Special Olympics are our lifeline on the good days and through the tough times.
 
3. The professionals in the medical and education community told my mom that my brother wouldn't read, write, or talk. They were wrong. Parents & Teachers... Keep dreaming. Keeping striving. Keep going forward. You have no idea what...
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Individualized Special Education this Summer is Possible!

 
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Podcast: Master IEP Coaches® on WTMJ - Positive Impact on IEPs Nationwide

The Virus Crisis is continuing to bring extensive attention to Special Education!

Listen in to this interview on WTMJ Milwaukee where we discuss all things Master IEP Coach® and how we are creating a positive impact nationwide helping schools and parents.

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What's next for Special Education?

What’s next for Special Education?

Permanent distance learning plans in all IEPs? I hope so.

Technology supports in all IEPs? I hope so.

Appropriate IEP goals that prepare students for the real world? YES!

It’s finally time to get rid of the 1980’s version of Special Education that we see in so many schools today.

Teachers want old school IEPs gone. Parents are ready to toss the old versions out the window. So now here’s our chance.

Special Education has fallen apart. Our awesome IEP teams are trying to hold it together. Let’s put back the pieces that matter, get rid of the out dated excuses at the higher up levels, and finally help all students be prepared for this new normal.

That’s exactly what we’re doing as Master IEP Coaches across the nation. Enrollment for the next mentorship is open. Start Here to Learn More: www.masterIEPcoach.com

 

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LIVE PODCAST: Transition Triggers You Need for Special Education Crisis Schooling

Triggers. We usually think of the word "trigger" as a negative. We get triggered and the result is anger or meltdowns. Especially when we are discussing Special Education, behavior plans and supporting a child in a successful school day.

Today, we're going to reframe the word "trigger" into a good thing. Something that you need. An action your child might be craving because it will help this new confusing world feel just a little bit easier.

Resources: www.iepchecklist.com www.masterIEPcoach.com

 

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Transition Triggers are NEEDED for Crisis Schooling

Triggers. We usually think of the word "trigger" as a negative. We get triggered and the result is anger or meltdowns. Especially when we are discussing Special Education, behavior plans and supporting a child in a successful school day.

Today, we're going to reframe the word "trigger" into a good thing. Something that you need. An action your child might be craving because it will help this new confusing world feel just a little bit easier.

We've heard a million times how this disruption of routine has upset everyone, specifically students who thrive in routines. We can't get the old routines back, just yet, but we can break down what the routine did, what purpose it served, and work together to implement a trigger. Not a full routine, a trigger.

Remember, when this crisis started and everyone was posting cutesy rainbow colored scheduled with breaks and work time, all while making a homemade dinner from scratch. This was going to be their new routine. It didn't work. At least not...

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LIVE PODCAST: Crisis Schooling is Exhausting for Special Needs Parents & IEP Teams

Crisis Schooling is Exhausting for Special Needs Parents & IEP Teams

Listen for 3 steps to help special needs parents & IEP teams

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Crisis Schooling Exhaustion in Special Education is Real

Crisis schooling exhaustion is real.

It's not just you, your routine (or lack of routine) or something that you can just figure out and then it goes away.

Think back to when you've had other changes in your life forced into your daily routines.

Maybe it was a move, a marriage, a divorce, a death, a job change, special needs challenges or a surprise medical diagnosis ... whatever it was, it was exhausting. But it was different. You knew the exhaustion was temporary and you either had survived this type of life change before or you knew someone who had gone through it. In fact, you or that someone you know probably came out stronger on the other side.

Here's the huge difference of what is happening right now. You and your children or students have been forced into a huge change, it's exhausting, and we don't know when it will end. We don't even have specific examples of how people have survived this in the past because schools have NEVER been shut down like this before. 

I'm not...

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Crisis Schooling Special Education at Home - Tips for Parents

iep special education Apr 21, 2020

Special Education Crisis Schooling at Home for Parents
 
Schedule Space: You already know you and your child need breaks, but scheduling space in your day is critical. Leave OPEN space in your plan each day. Space for nothing. Space to put things back together when everything falls apart.
 
Schedule Check In Times: Set a reminder on your phone. Pick 3 times each day to check in with yourself and your children. How are you FEELING?
 
Set Up a Chill Zone: Make a place in your home where NO work is done for both you and your child. Think of it like a time out from the crisis. Only relaxing activities allowed.
 
Real Life Routines: Be intentional about using your real life routines to teach reading, math, following directions. Counting out cookies for a snack is more meaningful than a worksheet.
 
Build Independence: Accomplishing a skill independently vs needing maximum prompts is a HUGE milestone. Build as much independence as possible on...
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PODCAST: Crisis Schooling in Special Education - Less is MORE

Should we really be following our state recommended "distance learning" minutes? Probably not.

Our reality in our special needs community is that we don't take breaks from learning in the same way as others. 

Our "recommended minutes" for learning will never be less because we are always striving to reach that next milestone that our peers have probably already mastered.

Less minutes with a worksheet or working on official academic benchmarks can actually mean MORE time for reaching new milestones and generalizing our skills. 

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