5 Ways to Get More (Nicely) in Special Education

Special Education can get sticky for everyone involved. Teachers, parents, therapists, and admins all struggle at some point to navigate and negotiate their way through rules and regulations that don't always make sense.

However, sometimes it's not the system that is stopping us from moving...

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BELIEVE in Special Education

I have to show you what came in the mail this week. It MIGHT have made me tear up just a bit.

The pic above is Matt. He is the son of rockstar, special needs mom, Lisa and he has Autism. 

Both Matt and Lisa work their patooties off every day (just like you) to conquer new skills that...

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My Child was LEFT OUT of the holiday program at school

It's that time of year again! Too many parents are going to be posting on FB how their child was NOT included in the holiday celebrations at school this year.

Many parents will not even post about it. They will keep it to themselves and push down the feelings of being excluded.

Here's the real...

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Special Needs Moms - Do They Even Know You?

Hey Special Needs Moms,

It's Self Care Sunday, again, and we're going to get real about something that happens to ALL of us as moms who have EXTRAORDINARY responsibilities. 

We forget who we are.

We can't remember what we used to like or even more likely, what we used to like doesn't...

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Don't Blink - It goes so fast

O.M.Goodness! This video!!! I'm asked all the time how I still have overflowing passion and joy when it comes to special education and IEPs after 20+ years... little Sara saying "Thank you, Catherine" explains it all.

Meet Gracjana... Sara's mom. Her daughter is transitioning from Pre-K to...

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Trust Your Gut - You are EXTRAORDINARY

Special Needs Parents - It's time for you to make (another) tough decision.

You need to decide to let go of the limits and labels that others have put on you as a special needs family and trust your own gut to find your own path.

For those of you that don’t know, I’m connected in the...

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Leave the Pity Party

I just read another one of those blog posts that float around social media talking about how isolating it is to be a special needs parent.

Yes, I see the need to talk about the loneliness, but there's a key step that is NEVER talked about when it comes to special needs parenting.

You NEED to walk...

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PROUD Special Needs Sibling Moment - My Brother Rocks!

Every now and then my brother knocks my socks off by showing me a skill I never thought he would master!

Motivation for finding his favorite football game on TV was a big enough kick in the pants for him to learn how to speak clearly to say "N-F-L" into the voice activated remote.

Anybody who...

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Special Needs Financial Planning - No Small Thinking Allowed!

I began the story above, from my car, sharing with you how I just finished my annual financial planning meeting, as a mom and special needs sibling.

Please excuse the tears about half way through the story of me sharing about an email that a special needs mom sent me while I was sitting at that...

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Check Your Child's Reading Level

There's so much to track in an IEP!

So let's break it down and just tackle one step today.

It's time to know your child's reading level.

Watch the video, take notes and ask questions HERE in our private FB group.

I can't wait to help you feel confident that your child is leaping book to book...

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3 IEP Prep Steps - Before Your Next IEP Meeting

Believe it or not... Parents & Teachers & Therapists all struggle with IEP meetings. 

I know, Parents, you are thinking that you are the one that has 12 people around the table who all "know what they are doing", but I'm going to let you in on a little secret... not all teachers...

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Insider thoughts as a special needs sibling

I’m a proud special needs sibling.

My brother has Down syndrome.

I fight with my brother. I cry with my brother. I tease my brother. I laugh with my brother.

My brother needs both you and me to be patient. Speak clearly and slowly. Allow him time to do things on his own.

He understands more...

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