One of the most unknown sections of the IEP is a box that is titled something like "Training for Personnel". Did you know this can include parents?
Did you know this can include safety and behavior training?
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Every IEP has a section called "Supports for School Personnel and Parent Training".
Maybe yours is titled just a little bit different because of the IEP program your district uses to write the IEP, but I promise you, it's there.
I love this section of the IEP. It can bring us together as a team. It can make sure that nobody fails a student due to "not knowing". It's the one place where we can truly be proactive in a child's education to make sure everything is as accessible as possible.
We can use this area in many different ways. From healthcare training for students who have special diets to helping a team fully understand how a diagnosis of ADHD might effect a child in a general education classroom.
We can also use this area for safety and behavior training, which is top of mind for me right now as I lead Master IEP Coaches® in how to support students going back to school in the Fall.
We've been out of school for way too long. So much is going to be changed when we go back....
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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I've received dozens of emails from parents, teachers and leaders in special education asking me about seclusion rooms and special education in the state of Illinois. (In case you don't know, Illinois is my home.)
I've tried to put together an answer that makes sense because yes, I've seen seclusion rooms that are inappropriate with my very own eyes. It's a real problem.
Whether it was a school I was working at, a client family I was helping or a school tour I was viewing as a Master IEP Coach... my stomach felt physically ill when I saw the rooms and knew they were being misused.
The reality is that it takes media and big voices to get big changes in special education and that is exactly what is happening right now in IL.
However, I am not new to the special education system and it would be foolish for me to believe that a ban on these rooms being used inappropriately is going to stop the misuse.
Let's get serious. There's no way that every staff member is going to...
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.