hire a special education advocate

Hanging my shingle~I’m for hire! IEP assistance for parents

I have some exciting news! I didn’t mention it back in the spring, but now I am….A Day in our Shoes is now open as a Special Education Advocacy and Disabilities Consulting service business! Cool, huh? Several months ago I made the decision to leave the non-profit that I was working for and go out […]

iep process parent mistakes

Common parent mistakes during the IEP process

Spring is often referred to as “IEP Season” because many schools do their IEPs in the spring in preparation for the next school year. Going through the IEP process is emotional, it can be frustrating and it can be confusing. But read the following tips to help center yourself and take some of the stress […]

iep meeting tips

Don’t just survive~thrive at your next IEP meeting

We all dread IEP meetings, don’t we? When I tell people that I actually attend IEP meetings for a living, they think I’m crazy. Many have compared it to dental work without pain relief. But if you change your point of view, you can change the experience and the outcome. I no longer dread my […]

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Six Family-Oriented Applications to Keep Family Together while Enjoying Free Time

When we say family, it’s like sticking together no matter what. In this time of ours where technology seems to keep family apart, it’s a good thing that some applications and software developers are able to appreciate what a family is and come up with family-oriented apps for smartphones and other digital devices. Here are […]

  1. Hanging my shingle~I’m for hire! IEP assistance for parents
  2. a reminder that this is a marathon, not a sprint
  3. Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of September 26
  4. dinner and a movie~with Netflix and Turbo~family fun night for $15

IEP & NOREP-school age

Arming Teachers is Not the Answer

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Senate Education Committee hearing in Harrisburg. This is not something I do on a regular basis, in fact, this was the first time I had ever attended anything like this. But last week, the Senate Education Committee was discussing a bill that would allow teachers in Pennsylvania […]

Common parent mistakes during the IEP process

iep process parent mistakes

Spring is often referred to as “IEP Season” because many schools do their IEPs in the spring in preparation for the next school year. Going through the IEP process is emotional, it can be frustrating and it can be confusing. But read the following tips to help center yourself and take some of the stress […]

Don’t just survive~thrive at your next IEP meeting

iep meeting tips

We all dread IEP meetings, don’t we? When I tell people that I actually attend IEP meetings for a living, they think I’m crazy. Many have compared it to dental work without pain relief. But if you change your point of view, you can change the experience and the outcome. I no longer dread my […]

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Fun & Recreation

Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of September 26

free frugal family fun

Every week I publish a list of free or low-cost activities for your family. At the very least, every activity has a discount code or coupon available. Keeping the kids busy and entertained is hard, doing it on a budget is even harder. So here you go, here is this week’s list. I usually start […]

dinner and a movie~with Netflix and Turbo~family fun night for $15

Family Fun Night for under $15

I am really excited about the September initiative from Netflix. I know, if you’re like me, you read a headline and see “oh, family fun night, dinner and a movie, we should do that.” But honestly, tonight we are doing this one, either tonight or tomorrow night. With winter weather coming, I am going to […]

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Moms Demand Action

Arming Teachers is Not the Answer

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Senate Education Committee hearing in Harrisburg. This is not something I do on a regular basis, in fact, this was the first time I had ever attended anything like this. But last week, the Senate Education Committee was discussing a bill that would allow teachers in Pennsylvania […]

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Special Needs Travel Reviews and Ideas

The Count’s Spooktacular at Sesame Place~put it on your family’s fall bucket list!

sesame street count

I can’t believe it is only the second full day of fall…and we have already been to Sesame Place TWICE for the Count’s Spooktacular. We went on Saturday for the Grand Opening of the event and again yesterday morning to help promote the event on Good Day Philadelphia. Sesame Place has added a few new […]

Visiting National Parks with your {special needs} kids~Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and more

national parks with kids

Planning a trip out west to the National Parks can seem like a daunting task for any family and may feel like an impossibility if your child has significant special needs. But with proper preparation and planning, a can-do attitude and willingness to roll with the punches, it can be done. Many of these famous […]

{special needs travel review} Fairmount Water Works

fairmount water works

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Fairmount Water Works and I can’t believe I’ve never gone before. I’m sure you know the building to see it, it’s the one right at the end of Boathouse Row near the Art Museum. I knew that there is a nice restaurant in there overlooking the river, […]

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Systems Advocacy

Does your child with special needs have an elevator pitch?

special needs elevator pitch

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance.”~Martin Luther King Do you know what an elevator pitch is? I attend lots of workshops for bloggers and PR stuff, and it often comes up. It’s a succinct way of “selling yourself” in 2-3 sentences. It’s a term coined in the business world–think of yourself […]

Organic Pet Foods – Hype or Healthy

boys with dogs

As pet owners, we are all concerned about the happiness, health and safety of our precious pets. Of course, a lot of pet owners dogs and cats. We take the time to select the most entertaining and interesting toys and playthings for our pets. We seek out specialty systems to ensure our pets’ safety outdoors, […]

{Tuesday To-Do List} renew your patriotism and resolve to get involved #specialed #disability

tuesday post flag on grass

As we head into a holiday weekend, I’d like to make a plea to you…readers, followers and families with special needs. Lately our causes have suffered quite a few setbacks legislatively. Important legislation that we needed to improve the lives of families with disabilities did not get passed. Why? Because it did not have enough […]

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En Espanol

Sesame Street lanza iniciativa “Ver la asombrosa en todos los niños”

Mi hijo y Abby en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Se trata de un proyecto muy divertido y emocionante de la gente más en Sesame Workshop. En el Día Mundial del Autismo, la semana pasada, se anunció que están empezando una nueva iniciativa llamada “Ver la increíble en todos los niños“, y se centrarán en los niños que tienen autismo. Si usted ha estado viendo […]

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