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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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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Face It to Fix It in Special Education!

Why can't Special Education be easier?!?!

I hear it at every one of my workshops from both parents and teachers. 

The truth is that most of the time Special Education struggles become 10x more intense because nobody wants to talk about the tough issues.

I mean, what teacher really wants to tell a parent that their classroom is not the right fit? (Parents... did you know that teachers often feel like their risking their job if they tell you this?)

What parent wants to go to a speech therapist and say "hey, I don't see any progress"? (Therapists, seriously, parents don't like complaining to you, promise.)

No matter what "side of the table" you are sitting on, issues are brewing. Concerns are growing. Tension is rising.

ACTION STEP: Take a moment this week (today!) and open up the conversation inside of your IEP team about ONE issue that has been keeping you up at night.

You don't have to tackle every issue, in every conversation.

Parents - maybe you need to finally...

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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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3 Years of IEP Struggles, then BAM! PROGRESS!

 

Heather's son, Elijah, struggled for 3 years to make progress on his IEP goals. 

She knew something needed to change.

She took the leap and decided to Become an IEP Coach for her family and for her community.

You have to watch this video to see what has happened!

Now it's YOUR TURN to BECOME AN IEP COACH!

Enrollment is CLOSING - Sign Up Here

See you in the mentorship!

-Catherine

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IEPs and special education as we know it, needs to go...

 

There's a common theme happening in Special Education and it's nothing new, but it needs to change. 

Listen to the video and then choose which one is right for you...

  1. Become an IEP Coach Mentorship
  2. Online IEP Help Center for Parents
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BELIEVE in Special Education

I have to show you what came in the mail this week. It MIGHT have made me tear up just a bit.

The pic above is Matt. He is the son of rockstar, special needs mom, Lisa and he has Autism. 

Both Matt and Lisa work their patooties off every day (just like you) to conquer new skills that are not just "good in the classroom", but have meaning in the real world.

When Lisa started working with me in the IEP Help Center, she was having what I call a "normal special education experience". Some days were good. Some days were not so good. Overall it always seemed like a battle or a struggle. Nobody seemed to "get it" when it came to what Matt really needed.

Then it happened - Lisa, was able to get the vision of what special education really could be and got the tools she needed to get everyone on the same page. 

Special Education for Matt became a true system to support him in skills he needs not only for today, but for tomorrow.

Anybody who is in any of...

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