The Purpose of an IEP

No really, it's the law. 

IDEA, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, was signed into law in 1975.   "The stated purpose of the IDEA is (About IDEA):

  • to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education...
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Transform Your Perspective with Jillian Benfield (Ep 101)

 

"Parenting a child with a disability is the hardest thing that I've ever done AND it is also the greatest joy of my life." Lean in and listen as Jillian Benfield describes how changing her perspective and her language helps advocate for the needs of her son with Down Syndrome. Jillian's...

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Get Uncomfortable!

Have you have gotten uncomfortable at the IEP table? Me too!

So many times it’s not because something WRONG is happening.

It’s because we are having tough conversations to make things RIGHT!

It’s ok to be uncomfortable at the IEP a table.

You (and your IEP team) should always...

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IEP Inclusion Tip

 

Flip flopping from one classroom to another classroom and expecting a child to instinctively know what is expected in each environment without preteaching…sets a child up for failure.

Let’s do then prep work to make sure inclusion is successful!

Free weekly IEP trainingevery...

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Now and Forever

Using Special Education services and IEPs to help students become just like the “other students” is a HUGE mistake that happens way too often in our Special Needs community.

This strategy simply doesn’t work because…

  1. We are all unique and trying to do something the...
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People are Going to Disagree with Your IEP Decisions...

Data matters. Parent input matters. Team expertise matters.

Other people might even have great ideas and input for you, BUT...

When other parents and teachers start judging you for decisions you’re making, it’s time to put in your ear plugs.

Nobody should be telling you what’s...

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Free IEP Download for Parents and Teachers

Special Education Parents and Teachers... If I could fix anything in Special Education for you, what would it be? Transparency is key to understanding how decisions about your student's IEP are made, but you need the right questions to get those answers.

Guess what? I have 12 MUST ASK...

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Kind Words Make a Difference (Episode 93)

"I see you" can be one of the greatest compliments a parent and teacher can give each other. Listen in to more kind words that have been exchanged between IEP team members. These words can make a huge difference in building trust and confidence within your IEP team!

Surround yourself with...

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Special Education Inner Circle Podcast Update: AUGUST

Special Education Parents and Teachers, Are you listening to the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast? We have awesome guest experts showing up for YOU in the upcoming months! Now, is the perfect time to catch up on the hot topics you need most.

More IEP help at www.specialedinnercircle.com

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Keeping Speech Therapy Fun with Hallie

Keeping students engaged in speech therapy as they reach middle school and beyond can be tough, but it also can be FUN! Get ready to take notes as Hallie drops strategies you need as a teacher and parent to keep kids engaged!

Connect with Hallie:
Web: https://speechtimefun.com  
Podcast:...

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School Evals with Charm Mosley

School evaluations can be complicated, confusing, and seem to take forever to complete! Learn from Charm how we can prioritize and simplify the process to get better data on each and every student.

Connect with Charm:
Phone: 219-315-9700
Web: www.superpsychedllc.com 

Learn in the Special...

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IEP Tip!

I LOVE IEP goals that prepare a child for the real world, but after 20+ years of writing IEPs with parents and teachers, I’ve learned a few things...

1. You’re never going to get every goal a child needs into the IEP. That’s ok.

2. A child will shutdown if you stuff their day...

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