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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!

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Book Referenced: Measure What Matters by John Doerr

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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?

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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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A New Piece of Inclusion We Must Consider

 

Inclusive experiences between special education and general education students within Generation Z are going to need more support for all students than ever before. Use this new perspective to build inclusive experiences that are successful for everyone involved. 

Book: Generation Z  Unfiltered by Tim Elmore

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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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Seclusion Rooms + Special Education = It's Serious

 

I've received dozens of emails from parents, teachers and leaders in special education asking me about seclusion rooms and special education in the state of Illinois. (In case you don't know, Illinois is my home.)

I've tried to put together an answer that makes sense because yes, I've seen seclusion rooms that are inappropriate with my very own eyes. It's a real problem.

Whether it was a school I was working at, a client family I was helping or a school tour I was viewing as a Master IEP Coach... my stomach felt physically ill when I saw the rooms and knew they were being misused.

The reality is that it takes media and big voices to get big changes in special education and that is exactly what is happening right now in IL. 

However, I am not new to the special education system and it would be foolish for me to believe that a ban on these rooms being used inappropriately is going to stop the misuse.

Let's get serious. There's no way that every staff member is going to...

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Missed IEP Minutes - Now What?

 

Missed IEP Minutes is a tough situation for everyone. 

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Video Highlights:

We're going to talk about what to do when you have missed IEP minutes. This is a difficult situation no matter what your role is at the IEP table. It becomes uncomfortable for the teachers, the parents, and the therapists, when it comes this hot topic of what to do when minutes are missing.

How you handle this situation is super important because we want to get to a solution as fast as possible. So as soon as you figure out what is happening in your student's or your child's day it's important we get to a solution

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Parents, sometimes you don't realize what's not happening until it hasn't been happening for a little while. That's the case a lot of the time when it comes to missed minutes. These missed minutes can be speech therapy, occupational therapy, minutes, resource minutes, direct instruction minutes.

The first thing is that you need...

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Finding the Right Special Education Classroom is hard!

 

 Struggling to figure out if your child or students are in the right classroom?

Take 3 minutes and find out how to use this key word phrase "Full Continuum of Placements" to take the next steps!

Don't forget to grab your free IEP Checklists at www.iepchecklists.com

Special Needs Parents & Special Education Teams... I know you have heavy decisions to make in special education. Follow your gut. Listen to your heart. You got this!

Video Notes: 

00:01 Hey Special Needs Parents and Special Education Teachers,

We're going to jump into a hot topic when it comes to making decisions in the IEP. There's this big place on the back of the document that states what a child's placement is going to be.

There should be three options listed or more that have been considered for our child and one of those options has been chosen. Now choosing the right classroom or finding the right placement for a child who has an IEP can be super tough.

I know this from being a special...

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