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Paraprofessionals & Distance Learning - Let them help!

Paraprofessionals are hungry to help! It's time to break the rules of what they are allowed to do and not to do... in other words... let them talk to parents & students directly without using the teacher as a messenger.
 
Office hours to keep classroom relationships are critical.
 
Getting snail mail in the mailbox is exciting.
 
Social stories to navigate chaos are necessary.
 
Help managing self-regulation at home is vital.
 
Connecting regular ed & special ed expertise is crucial.
 
We're all in this together. Old rules should not be holding us back. Get creative. We got this!
 
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Paraprofessionals are Being Underutilized in Shut Down Crisis

Schools are shut down and IEP teams are in a panic of how to help students with IEPs.

After weeks of trying to use every resource at their fingertips, it's becoming clear that there is a HUGE resource that is being underutilized.  Paraprofessionals!

Every person on the IEP team from teachers to parents to therapists can confirm that aides in the classroom are the glue that hold everything together.

Paraprofessionals take care of everything from bathroom breaks to massive meltdowns. They know how to get through the toughest days and we need them more than ever, right now.

Most of all, students need their support system and often their number one support person is their aide. 

There are dozens of ways that we can help our support team stay connected with students... here are two to get started:

1. Connect the paraprofessional to what the parent needs at home. They are already masters at making visual schedules, positive reinforcement schedules and getting creative on the...

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Podcast: Change Your Definition of Appropriate IEPs

What was appropriate before may never be appropriate again in your child/student's IEP. Listen in and then join me to become a Master IEP Coach® at www.masterIEPcoach.com

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PODCAST: School is Closed: Stress Lowering Strategies for Special Needs Parents

 

Schools are closing left and right due to COVID 19 and the stress level of special needs parents is higher than ever.

Allison Sweatman shares 3 easy strategies you can do today to feel more in control and less chaotic as we tackle this uncertain time.

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Burnout is REAL for Special Needs Parents and Teachers

 

People ask me all the time how after two decades of working on IEPs I can still be excited, joyful and full of hope.

It's because I refused to get burnt out by all the fighting words and actions in Special Education.

Parents & Teachers, I get why Special Education struggles are real, but if you take these 4 steps... you'll be able to work through those exhausting days knowing that there is a bright future ahead for all of our children and students.

Resources: www.specialedinnercircle.com and www.masteriepcoach.com

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Special Education Podcast: Measure What Matters!

 

Too many IEP goals can lead to chaos inside of a child's school day. Learn steps to Measure What Matters inside (and outside) of a child's school day and see more progress than ever before!

Need more help? www.catherinewhitcher.com

Book Referenced: Measure What Matters by John Doerr

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Free IEP Checklist + LIVE Podcast for Parents & Teachers

LIVE Podcast Recording: The Special Education Inner Circle - Your IEP Checklist

This is NOT an old school IEP checklist!

IEPs have many boxes to check and forms to fill out, but somehow it always feels like we are missing something when we leave the IEP table.

Use these 13 IEP Checkpoints to fill in the gaps and create a more collaborative IEP meeting. 

Get Yours Free IEP Checklist at: www.iepchecklist.com

 

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Inclusion + IEPs, Think Differently to Win

 

It's time to think about Inclusion + IEPs differently to help students receive an appropriate education that truly prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living.

Summary:

1. Inclusion is an experience, not a place.

2. Inclusion should be centered on strengths & reflect the real world.

3. Inclusion needs to be a written plan inside of the IEP Ready for more?

Ask Catherine questions & grab a free IEP Checklist at www.catherinewhitcher.com

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IEP Resources or Resourcefulness? No Excuses, You Choose.

 

Have you ever thought of picking up and moving to a better district? Almost every special needs parent & IEP team member I've ever talked to has had the same dream. But, will IEP progress really improve in a district with more resources? Maybe. Maybe Not.

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Continue the conversation at www.specialedinnercircle.com

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Podcast: 6 Things You Can't Miss in the IEP

 

With dozens of pages in every IEP it can be hard to focus and prioritize for everyone at the IEP table.

When you look at the details in these 6 areas of the IEP, the rest can fall into place. 

  • Parent Input Statement
  • Data (simplify!)
  • Measurable Goals (don't make this complicated)
  • Home to School Communication Plan
  • Placement
  • Teacher + Team Responsibilities 

Visit www.masterIEPcoach.com for more help.

Special Needs Parents, Special Education Teachers + Teams, you got this! 

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FREE IEP CHECKLISTS

If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!