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IEP Meetings are NOT Dumping Grounds for Complaints

 

Your IEP meeting has an extraordinary amount of collective knowledge at the table. Let's not waste time by dumping all of our complaints into the middle to start sorting.

Instead, take these 3 steps and experience an extremely productive IEP meeting that yields results for your child/student.

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Student Safety in Special Ed - There's section in the IEP for Training!

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?

Listen to the latest episode of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast to get ideas on how you can use this section of the IEP as both a school staff member and a parent!

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Student Safety: Special Education Supports for Teachers & Parents

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....

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How to Use the IEP for Child Safety

Your child (or student's) safety should always be top of mind when designing an IEP.

Maybe you're thinking "Of course, it is! I make sure everyone knows what to do to keep my child safe. I write emails. I have meetings. Then I just have to hope that everyone understands."

You're definitely doing the right thing as a parent or teacher if you're talking about safety. Having meetings. Sending emails back and forth.

But there's one more place that you MUST get everything documented.

Every IEP (Yes, even in your district.) has a place for staff training. 

Use it. Be clear. Lay out the details. 

A safety plan of what to do when meltdowns or eloping happens is only going to work if EVERYONE possible knows what to do.

This includes the librarian, the front office and sometimes even the custodial staff. Oh, and don't forget the general education teachers too.

Coming up this week on the podcast I'm going to share with you two stories... One about a boy who was so angry at his high...

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PODCAST: n2y is Changing Special Education for Teachers, Parents & Students!

 

Special Education Teachers & Parents, This is EXCITING! Lean in and listen all about what N2Y is creating to help you navigate the IEP process with ease!

 Worried about meeting education standards in the IEP?

 Concerned about IEP compliance?

Searching for curriculum that works both online & in person?

Tired of endless emails sent back and forth during the IEP process?

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Individualized Special Education this Summer is Possible!

 
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Podcast: Master IEP Coaches® on WTMJ - Positive Impact on IEPs Nationwide

The Virus Crisis is continuing to bring extensive attention to Special Education!

Listen in to this interview on WTMJ Milwaukee where we discuss all things Master IEP Coach® and how we are creating a positive impact nationwide helping schools and parents.

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What's next for Special Education?

What’s next for Special Education?

Permanent distance learning plans in all IEPs? I hope so.

Technology supports in all IEPs? I hope so.

Appropriate IEP goals that prepare students for the real world? YES!

It’s finally time to get rid of the 1980’s version of Special Education that we see in so many schools today.

Teachers want old school IEPs gone. Parents are ready to toss the old versions out the window. So now here’s our chance.

Special Education has fallen apart. Our awesome IEP teams are trying to hold it together. Let’s put back the pieces that matter, get rid of the out dated excuses at the higher up levels, and finally help all students be prepared for this new normal.

That’s exactly what we’re doing as Master IEP Coaches across the nation. Enrollment for the next mentorship is open. Start Here to Learn More: www.masterIEPcoach.com

 

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LIVE PODCAST: Transition Triggers You Need for Special Education Crisis Schooling

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.

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Transition Triggers are NEEDED for Crisis Schooling

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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