Catherine Talks Special Education on the Xceptional Leaders Podcast

The Xceptional Leaders Podcasts highlights businesses who serve the special needs community. Listen in as Catherine talks about the Master IEP Coach Mentorship + Network and the Special Education Inner Circle.

Find more at:

Master IEP Coach Mentorship http://www.masterIEPcoach.com

Special Education Inner Circle http://www.specialedinnercircle.com

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Special Education Teamwork is Possible

Special Education Teamwork! It’s possible!

 

These 3 women live across the country from me and flew into Chicago a few weeks ago to work together on creating a legacy of change in special education through the Master IEP Coach mentorship + network.

 

Change for parents. Change for teachers. Most of all, change for students!

 

We don’t have to wait for legislation to improve. We can improve ourselves, our strategies, our solutions and we can help others improve. Making special education “better” doesn’t have to happen through the law. It can happen through you.

 

If you feel like special education is stuck in the dark ages, you’re right, but it doesn’t have to be.

 

You and I both have a choice to find the creative solutions, inside of a broken school system, to make sure every child is prepared for further education, employment and independent living.

 

If you’re tired of IEP goals that don’t have a...

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Back to School - Ask a Master IEP Coach Your Question!

 

Back to School IEP tips for Parents and Teachers to help make this the best school year ever!

Special Needs Parents & Special Education Teams, find the IEP help you are looking for at www.specialedinnercircle.com

Connect with a Master IEP Coach at www.myiepcoach.com

Become a Master IEP Coach at www.masteriepcoach.com

 

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Our Full IEP Agenda

Did you receive your full IEP agenda before your last meeting?

Parents, Teachers & Therapists... did you know what to expect when you walked into your last IEP meeting?

I've sat in on over a thousand IEP meetings in the past decade and one thing I can tell you for certain, there is no "standard" IEP format for meetings. 

Every school, every district, every state will run their meetings just a little bit different.

This can be intimidating or confusing to ANYONE at the IEP table!

It's time to eliminate UNNECESSARY stress at your next IEP meeting.

Ask for an IEP meeting agenda.

No matter what your role is on the IEP team, you should know what is being talked about and in what order, when you show up to the IEP table.

We can't serve children well if we aren't all aware of what is happening BEFORE we sit down at the table.

IEP Truth: There's no law that says there needs to be an agenda. There's no rule that says everyone needs to know what is happening before the meeting....

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Master IEP Coach - Private Community is Open

 
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Two Words in Special Education that Need to GO

 

There are two F's that happen all the time in Special Education... watch the video and hear them loud and clear. (Sorry, I got a little fired up with everyone who was watching on FB when I was teaching. You might need to turn your volume down.)

Are you ready to take the two F's out of YOUR special education experience?

Say yes to one of these next steps and make it happen!

  1. Become a Master IEP Coach - Parents, Teachers, Therapists, Admins... you are ALL welcome here. Learn More

  2. Parents - Focus on your own child's education and get everything you need to build the best IEP from the comfort of your home. You'll get your own special education video library and 24/7 access to our private community. JOIN NOW

I can't wait to work with you!

-Catherine

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10 Ways to Emotionally Prep for an IEP Meeting

Special Needs Parents & Teachers, It's time to stop drowning in IEP stress. Take these steps and FEEL better in your next IEP meeting!

We all know there are hundreds of things that seem to need to be done before the meeting. Even just thinking about it can cause sleepless nights, high anxiety at home and overwhelm that just keeps building until meeting day.

Here's how I lower stress when prepping for IEP meeting after IEP meeting after IEP meeting... some of these might seem like they are "feely", but they work!

  1. Get all your IEP papers in one place. Physical papers in one place. All emails organized into folders inside of your email account. You don't have to go through all of it right now, just get it together.

  2. Write your parent input statement. (Teachers, help your parents build this statement.) It builds desired outcomes BEFORE the meeting. Not sure what I'm talking about? Parents, I teach you exactly how to do this, here. Teachers, you can get the tools,...
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Mamma Bears & IEPs

I love this pic of Berny & her mamma bear mug! She recently finished the IEP Coach mentorship and is helping special needs parents in her community. Find out how, here.

Raise your hand if you've ever felt your "mamma bear" instincts when you've been sitting at an IEP meeting!

A little secret... I know teachers and therapists feel that way too. They take the responsibility of their students seriously and often get protective during IEP discussions.  

I know because I was a teacher and I am a mom. It happens in both situations. I see it everyday when I'm helping parents and schools. 

When a district or a parent brings me into an IEP "situation", it's usually because many of the team members are in "mamma bear" mode. 

If you find yourself stuck in an IEP conversation that seems to be going nowhere, try this: 

  • Write down the end result that you are looking for, such as, "more inclusion time".
  • Write down 3 ways that more inclusion could be...
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OT, PT & Speech are NOT the same at school

I wish you could've heard the conversation I had last night with an Occupational Therapist who works in both the school system and a private therapy clinic.

I mean it's one thing for me to share with you my experiences as a former special education teacher and decades of special education consulting and it's a whole other level when you hear the experience from someone who is still in the trenches everyday.

First, let me just disclose... she loves her job in both locations, but she had to accept that they serve VERY different purposes.

At school, she's limited to how many minutes she provide, how she can advocate for a child, what tools she can use and what tasks she can tackle.

In her clinic she has opportunities to get creative and serve the child and family in whatever manner is needed to get results.

Now, you'd think this would make her dislike her job at the school, but it doesn't. It's just different. She told me over and over how she wished parents knew the difference of...

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DANGEROUS IEP Goals - Well Kind Of

 

Dangerous situations haunt special needs parents, but is there something we can do in the IEP to help?

YES!

Sign up here for the free IEP Goal Writing Webinar and find out how!

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