It's that time of year again! Too many parents are going to be posting on FB how their child was NOT included in the holiday celebrations at school this year.
Many parents will not even post about it. They will keep it to themselves and push down the feelings of being excluded.
Here's the real deal - 99.99999% of the time, this does not happen on purpose.
Teachers and special education teams are working hard just to hold it together through the chaos of December in school and organizing the supports needed for ALL students to participate in holiday celebrations gets forgotten.
This doesn't mean it's right. It's just the reality.
Good thing there's an easy solution!
Start the conversation, TODAY, with your child's team on how your child can be part of the school community through holiday celebrations.
Make sure the team knows you aren't asking for your child to be plopped on the end of the choir riser to pretend to sing jingle bells. Let them know you are open to creative solutions...
A few months ago I was speaking at a local Down syndrome organization's monthly meeting and they gave away copies of this book! I've fallen in love with the simple message, the bright colors and the modern day "differences" that we are seeing in ALL families.
So often parents and teachers are looking for books that teach inclusion in an easy way through real life examples... this book does just that!
Special Education Parents and Teachers... We simply can't know where we are going with confidence if we don't start using the Parent Input statement effectively.
As a former special education teacher, I know first hand that this section is often glanced over. Yes, it's filled out. Yes, parent concerns are summarized. However, it's definitely not given the time and attention it needs considering what a critical change it can make in the IEP process.
Being a special needs sibling I watched my mom struggle to have her voice heard. She never gave up, but honestly, she didn't always take a diplomatic approach. (I totally get WHY, but if I can help a parent avoid that level of frustration, I will!)
It's time to take the BOLD IEP APPROACH and make the parents voice a significant driver in the IEP process.
Each and every Parent Input statement should include the parent's concerns and desired...
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!