When you've been in the Special Education community for over 20 years, you know when something big is brewing. You can feel it in your bones. You can see the lawyers starting to try and get ahead of what's coming and then comes the parent advocacy groups marching right behind.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a special needs sibling and I'm truly grateful for the lawyers and the parent advocates that paved the way for my brother, who is 42 with Down syndrome, to get an education in the public school system.
But, the negativity and the tension between school and special needs families is why I became a Special Education Teacher... I knew in my gut at 10 years old that there had to be a better way.
I only lasted a few years in the system as a teacher, not because I didn't like the classroom and not because I got burnt out. I left, by choice, because I LOVED finding creative solutions between schools and parents, even in the toughest situations.
And here we are, right now, in probably...
This season of celebration in school can lead to more children feeling isolated, lonely and left out.
Let's make sure that your child or students don't feel this way!
Ask yourself these questions and then get creative in planning an inclusive experience for everyone... this is the best gift you can give a child. A feeling of belonging, for exactly who they are.
I don't have many negative experience as a special needs sibling, but seeing my brother...
Missed IEP Minutes is a tough situation for everyone.
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We're going to talk about what to do when you have missed IEP minutes. This is a difficult situation no matter what your role is at the IEP table. It becomes uncomfortable for the teachers, the parents, and the therapists, when it comes this hot topic of what to do when minutes are missing.
How you handle this situation is super important because we want to get to a solution as fast as possible. So as soon as you figure out what is happening in your student's or your child's day it's important we get to a solution
Parents, sometimes you don't realize what's not happening until it hasn't been happening for a little while. That's the case a lot of the time when it comes to missed minutes. These missed minutes can be speech therapy, occupational therapy, minutes, resource minutes, direct instruction minutes.
The first thing is that you need...
Got questions for your IEP team? Whether you are a parent, teacher, therapist or admin, you need to ask!
Highlights from the Video:
It doesn't matter what your role is at the IEP table, you either have already heard this crazy statement or it's coming your way... "We can't put that in the IEP!"
Take 7 minutes, watch this video and I'll tell you the most ridiculous reason I've ever heard for not putting IMPORTANT details in an IEP.
Then I'll tell you how to get around it!
If you like the simplicity and to the point action steps for changing IEPs in this video, then you'll LOVE the Special Education Inner Circle... come join us!
This morning the conversation on FB all started with "how can I go observe my child in class, if the team says no" and then this happened...
We started talking about how we can help general education teachers read IEPs.
Then we couldn't help it, we jumped into talking about medical dx vs educational eligibility.
Master IEP Coaches were jumping on and helping parents in the comments while I was talking. Because that's just who they are... they are the ones making their coffee, while packing lunches, while answering IEP questions.
Then it happened... I cried. If you know me at all you know, I'm not a crier. Tears don't just flow for me. Sappy movies, weddings, none of it triggers me, BUT... when I think of the Master IEP Coaches who have finished the mentorship, who are helping families across the nation, who flew in to Chicago last summer for a mastermind day, who are dedicating their CAREERS to changing special education - break out the kleenex. I'm a mess.
Behavior charts are NOT appropriate classroom decorations.
Shame and embarrassment by publicly announcing a bad day is not acceptable.
Teachers, you have so many more powerful tools in your toolbox.
Teachers and Parents, if you’re struggling with classroom behavior management, get into the Special Education Inner Circle today. (click here to get in)
We can figure it out together.
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
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...