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Special Education Teachers + Parents are Smarter than the System

 

Podcast Transcript:


Welcome everyone to the special education inner circle podcast. I'm excited to be here with you today. We're going to dig on a hot topic for both special education teachers and parents. Actually for everybody who's at the IEP table. In fact, as I was preparing for this hot topic, I opened up my Facebook and I'm scrolling through it and I see almost within the first three posts, I see a story about a man with autism who couldn't get a job. So he opened up his own coffee shop. That is exactly the type of story that we're going to be talking about today and how teachers and parents in the special education system, you are smarter than the system itself and you have to start working together to make things happen. So here's, here's the scoop. Let's just kind of step back just for a minute and talk about how special education is only 44 years old, which in some ways that is a baby.

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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.)

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I can't wait to work with you!

-Catherine

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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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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 Goal Tip: PLEASE include prompts in your IEP goals!

goals iep Jun 20, 2018

 

There's an Instagram post that is driving me crazy... actually 3 posts. So I had to speak out, even if I hardly had a voice from my cold. 

If you want to continue the conversation and get more details on how to write IEP goals that make sense (and help your child make progress).... START HERE.

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Traveling - It's Not Easy, But It's Worth It

goals iep real world travel Apr 28, 2018

I've always liked experiences vs things, but when my daughter suffered from severe seizures and I turned into an official "special needs mom"... experiences and living days to their fullest became even more important to me.

So this year, as my oldest graduated 8th grade and we couldn't think of anything material that she really wanted, we started to plan a trip.  It was decided that I'd take only her with me for a mom and daughter trip to hang out before the big years of high school begin.  I'll do the same with my youngest when she graduates next year.

As a special needs mom and single mom, there are so many things to consider when traveling! Where can we stay that is kid-friendly, access to everything, including our dietary needs and let's us feel safe as women traveling. 

We decided to head to New York! My daughter, Julianne, LOVES photography and I knew she'd struggle to put her camera down on this trip. Which is exactly what I wanted.

My biggest decision was how...

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