Did you receive your full IEP agenda before your last meeting?
Parents, Teachers & Therapists... did you know what to expect when you walked into your last IEP meeting?
I've sat in on over a thousand IEP meetings in the past decade and one thing I can tell you for certain, there is no "standard" IEP format for meetings.
Every school, every district, every state will run their meetings just a little bit different.
This can be intimidating or confusing to ANYONE at the IEP table!
It's time to eliminate UNNECESSARY stress at your next IEP meeting.
Ask for an IEP meeting agenda.
No matter what your role is on the IEP team, you should know what is being talked about and in what order, when you show up to the IEP table.
We can't serve children well if we aren't all aware of what is happening BEFORE we sit down at the table.
IEP Truth: There's no law that says there needs to be an agenda. There's no rule that says everyone needs to know what is happening before the meeting....
I love this pic of Berny & her mamma bear mug! She recently finished the IEP Coach mentorship and is helping special needs parents in her community. Find out how, here.
Raise your hand if you've ever felt your "mamma bear" instincts when you've been sitting at an IEP meeting!
A little secret... I know teachers and therapists feel that way too. They take the responsibility of their students seriously and often get protective during IEP discussions.
I know because I was a teacher and I am a mom. It happens in both situations. I see it everyday when I'm helping parents and schools.
When a district or a parent brings me into an IEP "situation", it's usually because many of the team members are in "mamma bear" mode.
If you find yourself stuck in an IEP conversation that seems to be going nowhere, try this:
Why can't Special Education be easier?!?!
I hear it at every one of my workshops from both parents and teachers.
The truth is that most of the time Special Education struggles become 10x more intense because nobody wants to talk about the tough issues.
I mean, what teacher really wants to tell a parent that their classroom is not the right fit? (Parents... did you know that teachers often feel like their risking their job if they tell you this?)
No matter what "side of the table" you are sitting on, issues are brewing. Concerns are growing. Tension is rising.
ACTION STEP: Take a moment this week (today!) and open up the conversation inside of your IEP team about ONE issue that has been keeping you up at night.
You don't have to tackle every issue, in every conversation.
Parents - maybe you need to finally...
Chances are either Valentine's day is a huge deal for you and your family or you really don't care. It's ok either way. No judgement here!
No matter what your feeling are about the day, it's always fun to find new ways to connect with your kids (and students)... this week is the perfect chance to play Kindness Bingo!
I've attached a PDF (Download now)
or you can screen shot this pic and play on your phone.
Finish all the tasks with your kids and then TREAT YOURSELF to something special to celebrate.
Remember, kindness isn't just about doing for others, it's also about taking care of yourself. You'll see acts of kindness for both yourself and others... YOU are important!
With Love, Hope & Determination Always,
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This is it. The LAST week to sign up to be an IEP Coach for the January Mentorship. Before you scroll on by this email and think this isn't you... Wait! You have to see who is already IN the IEP Coach Mentorship...
"Hi everyone! I am the mom of 4! My oldest has ADHD, ASD and anxiety. Last fall we went through a horribly traumatic experience with our school district. I felt lucky because I had a family member to walk me through the process and I have a back ground in special education, but what do other parents do? So here I am, becoming an IEP COACH! I’ve been helping other parents for about a year now just based on what I have learned on my own. I’m excited to take it to the next step!"
"HI! I have two of the best kids! My youngest has Down syndrome. I have been fighting the system for most of the 15 years wanting the best education for my daughter. Don’t we all? I was so happy when I came across Catherine’s...
Heather's son, Elijah, struggled for 3 years to make progress on his IEP goals.
She knew something needed to change.
She took the leap and decided to Become an IEP Coach for her family and for her community.
You have to watch this video to see what has happened!
Now it's YOUR TURN to BECOME AN IEP COACH!
See you in the mentorship!
There's a common theme happening in Special Education and it's nothing new, but it needs to change.
Listen to the video and then choose which one is right for you...
Special Education can get sticky for everyone involved. Teachers, parents, therapists, and admins all struggle at some point to navigate and negotiate their way through rules and regulations that don't always make sense.
However, sometimes it's not the system that is stopping us from moving forward with what is better for a child. It's us, getting in our own way because we've been burned before or we think we've tried everything.
The next time you're feeling frustrated (or better yet, before you get to that point)... make sure you've tried these 5 strategies:
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!