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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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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 

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

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Hazard - Stop Doing Special Education Alone

 

Stop thinking you're supposed to do Special Education alone. Parents & Teachers if you had an honest conversation with each other, you'd find out that nobody expects one person to know everything about Special Education.

It's time to stop figuring out special education by yourself and do these 3 things:

1. Lean into your expertise.

2. Be humble instead of humiliated when you need help.

3. Stop faking it. You're not supposed to know it all.

Decide you are done doing special education alone. We have too many tears, too many people feeling burnt out, and too much turnover in special education. You can flip the negative feelings when you surround yourself with people who get it!

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Special Education Inner Circle: www.specialedinnercircle.com

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Podcast: Special Education Inner Circle... find it here!

podcast Jan 03, 2020

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About: As a special needs sibling, certified special education teacher, and special needs parent, Catherine brings you real world strategies everyone at the IEP table can use. As an international speaker and online trainer for special needs parents and special education teams, Catherine knows what it takes to prepare students and families for the future. Get ready to be inspired and learn actionable steps you can take immediately to change your special education experience.

 

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Stop Cramming the IEP with Goals & Leave Room to Learn Naturally

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.
2. A child will shutdown if you stuff their day with direct instruction hour after hour.
3. A child needs time to “be a kid” in their school day. This is often when their biggest milestones will be met.

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Podcast Highlights:

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We're wrapping up 2019 we're jumping into 2020 and for many of this, this us, this feels like a fresh start, right? But really we're right in the middle of the school year, but that doesn't mean that we can't make some really significant changes, if needed inside of a child's IEP. So I posted something on Instagram today and that's kind of taken off, like wildfire here. So I'm going to read to you exactly what I posted. It says, "stop trying to cram the IEP with every goal a child needs. Pick your priorities and leave space in a child's...

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Podcast: 504s vs IEPs - What's the Difference?

 

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IEPs vs 504s is a hot topic in special education. I'm going to go over six points, real quick, just to give you an overview so you know what questions to ask next about supports for your child at school.


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The first thing that you need to know, point number one is that there is a difference between which law is governing this document that's going to help a child with their education. So here's my disclaimer. I'm not a lawyer, I'm not practicing the law, but I am telling you where to look. So if you're going to start pursuing an IEP, you're going to be looking at IDEA law.  For a 504 plan, you're looking at the section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973.

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Each of these documents have accountability systems set up. It's just knowing where you need to look and who you need to talk to about the support documents. 504's get a bad reputation for not being enforceable. It's not that it's not enforceable, it's that it's enforceable in...

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Earning Inclusion is Not Ok

 

 

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We're going to talk today about three different things that you can do to avoid the trap of having students earn inclusion. We really do not want to approach inclusion from the standpoint of earning inclusion.  If inclusion has to be earned it really starts to give a feeling not just for the student, but for the entire student body, that inclusion is something that you earn to be with the good kids. And if you don't earn inclusion, you go to the special education room, as if that's a bad thing.

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Now that's not the intention of the IEP team of the teachers, or the staff, or the team, but it's what the feeling is and that's really what inclusion is... Inclusion is a feeling. Now we've all felt excluded from activities, right? You as a parent, as a teacher, as an adult, you have felt excluded from a party or a community event or maybe a workshop that you're attending. You know what that feels like?

Let's really work on creating inclusive experiences on...

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New! Podcast Episode - Facts or Feelings for IEP Decisions

 

 

 

Facts or Feelings - How are you making IEP Decisions?

Listen in to learn the one red flag statement both parents and teachers should be aware of at the IEP table.

During this live conversation on Facebook, Catherine shared how to know when you're making a decision based on facts or feelings.

Next, special needs parents jumped in with questions about how to make their next decisions for their children. 

Make your next IEP decisions easier with your own IEP checklist at www.iepchecklist.com

 

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