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 & teams feel confident at the IEP meeting. 

In fact, after working with both parents and teams for over 20+ years, and having been a teacher myself AND having a brother with Down syndrome... I can confidently say that nobody feels 100% sure at the IEP table. I mean the stakes are HIGH, we all have to work together to build an awesome education for an exceptional student.

The pressure is ON at these meetings and everyone knows it. So you lose sleep, get hyped up on caffeine and then fuel yourself with determination to do what's needed for an extraordinary child to LEARN. 

So what should we do?

Prioritize and Prepare - the best we can. 

So before your next IEP meeting - Do...

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Insider thoughts as a special needs sibling

Uncategorized Oct 20, 2018

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 than most realize. Watch out. He’s listening to you. He learning from you.

The biggest thing you need to know about how to treat my brother... be kind. I’m not far behind.

#spedteacher #specialneedssiblings #downsyndrome#bekindtooneanother

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Please Delete this IEP Goal

"I knew in my gut that my child shouldn't be working on coins, but I didn't know how to tell the teacher. That goal needed to be DELETED. We needed to move on to skills my child REALLY needed for his future." -Tracey, Special Needs Mom

Tracey's story of how she began to flip her child's IEP for the future started when she began to ask herself the tough questions about IEP goals. 

She started to ask herself - Does my child really need this skill to live their best life? 

And then she continued by asking - Do I even use this skill as an adult? 

Hint: If you're ever reading an IEP goal for your child (or student) and think "I don't even know why my kid is learning this, I don't use this skill to get through my day"... It's time for the goal to go away.

Tracey emailed the teacher and had an honest conversation about what her child's IEP needed to look like if it was going to work. She had a ton of talking points to work WITH the teacher, not...

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IEP Coach Q&A - Data & Simple Team Communication Solutions!

 

Meet Jessica Kong! She's a special needs sibling (I didn't know that before this interview), a special needs parent and an IEP COACH!

Jessica completed the IEP Coach mentorship and is helping parents and IEP teams find solutions that WORK. (Find out more how you can become an IEP coach here.)

She shares how she uses a $1 book from Walmart, a luggage tag to help her son remember things, and how she got her IEP team to share information with her DAILY!

If you want to reach out to Jessica, you can send her a message through FB, click here. 

If you're ready to learn how YOU can Become an IEP Coach... START HERE!

 

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Give Yourself Permission to Give Up Perfection

Special Needs Parents & Special Education Team, 

It's time to let go of perfection and take the stress off of yourself for creating perfect days with perfect outcomes. Watch this video to find out what you can do instead of crushing yourself with pressure every day. 


Next Steps:

1. Become an IEP Coach! Learn more about how to learn to be the IEP Coach your community NEEDS! 

2. Online IEP Help for Parents - Start Here

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[Video] Ask an IEP Coach!

 
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