Author: Lisa Lightner

I'm an IEP/Special Education Advocate who has attended 100s of IEP meetings. I live in Chester County, PA with my husband and two boys, one is disabled. My goal is to make your IEP process easier and help you move your IEP Team to YES. When I'm not here, I'm probably in Harrisburg or DC lobbying for systems change for our kids.
10 Free Dinosaur Coloring Pages PDF

10 Free Dinosaur Coloring Pages PDF

Got a kid who’s obsessed with dinosaurs? (I mean, who isn’t fascinated by these giant, ancient creatures?) Well, we’ve got something that’s going to make…

12 Free Emotions Coloring Pages PDF

12 Free Emotions Coloring Pages PDF

Ever feel like you’re riding an emotional rollercoaster with your kids? One minute they’re happy, the next they’re upset, and you’re just trying to keep…

Does a 504 Plan Expire?

Does a 504 Plan Expire?

Today, we’re diving into the world of 504 plans and the burning question: Does a 504 plan expire? Spoiler alert: They don’t have a set…

How Long is an IEP Meeting?

How Long is an IEP Meeting?

Inside: How long do IEP meetings last? And what should you do if you feel your IEP meeting is too short or too long? Sharing…

40 Free Shark Week Activities

40 Free Shark Week Activities

Do you love Shark Week? We do! My husband says that the newer Shark Weeks aren’t as good as the older ones, but my kids…

20 Patriotism Activities for Students

20 Patriotism Activities for Students

Hate is not a part of patriotism. You can love your country without hating others. Working the elections, working the polls, campaigning, contacting my legislators…those…

What is a Facilitated IEP Meeting?

What is a Facilitated IEP Meeting?

My very first experience with a facilitated IEP meeting was not a good one. Things were very tense between the parents and the school. The…

12 Best Free Math Apps for Kids

12 Best Free Math Apps for Kids

With so many more kids learning at home or on a hybrid program, I am finding more parents frustrated at math. It’s just not taught…

Free Mental Health Coloring Pages

Free Mental Health Coloring Pages

Today, we’re diving into something incredibly important: Mental Health Coloring Pages. Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind of emotions, can’t it? But here’s the…

Free Friendship Coloring Pages

Free Friendship Coloring Pages

Hey there, budding artists and friendship champions! Are you ready to embark on an artistic adventure that celebrates the awesome power of friendship? Well, you’re…

Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

Does your IEP team call you “Mom” at IEP meetings? Are you comfortable with that? Let’s explore the pros and cons to this common gesture, and ways to change it if you wish.

50 Sensory Bin Ideas for Autism

50 Sensory Bin Ideas for Autism

Inside: What is a sensory bin? Are there benefits to using sensory bins? What are they used for, and for what ages? Plus, we’re sharing…

Free Simple Coloring Worksheets PDF

Free Simple Coloring Worksheets PDF

These simple coloring worksheets are adorable. Confession time–I have a teacher who helps me with these. But, I loved these when she suggested them because…

Free Telling Time Clock Worksheets

For kids with learning disabilities, telling time can be a pretty advanced skill. It’s one that requires a lot of cognitive processing, which many of…

Free Summer Coloring Pages PDF

I live in the northeast, and some years it feels like it takes forever for summer to get here. This year is one of those…

Free PDF Recycling Worksheets for Kids

Free PDF Recycling Worksheets for Kids

All right, so before you download and print these recycling worksheets for your preschool or classroom…let me address the irony. Yes, it seems hypocritical to…

How Much Does an IEP Advocate Cost?

How Much Does an IEP Advocate Cost?

Your child is struggling. As a mom, you’re stressed, and you’re frustrated. You want to hire an IEP advocate. Everyone keeps telling you, “Get an…

16 IEP Goals for Phonemic Awareness

16 IEP Goals for Phonemic Awareness

Inside: Learn what phonemic awareness is and how to assess for it. Plus some IEP goals for Phonemic Awareness. The other day, my 13-year-old sports…

28 Sample Vocabulary IEP Goals

28 Sample Vocabulary IEP Goals

Once a child has been identified as a student with a learning disability, it can be tough for the IEP team to come to agreement…

25 Measurable Telling Time IEP Goals

25 Measurable Telling Time IEP Goals

Telling time is an essential executive function that our kids need to live independently. Of course supports and accommodations can be put in place, but…

16 Free Finger Tracing Calming Cards

16 Free Finger Tracing Calming Cards

Mindfulness activities for kids, self care and other similar activities have been getting a lot of buzz lately. And, with good reason! Activities like this,…

Free 4th of July Coloring Pages

Free 4th of July Coloring Pages

Get ready to celebrate the red, white, and blue with 7 amazing 4th of July coloring pages designed to ignite your child’s patriotic spirit! From…

10 Attendance IEP Goals (examples)

10 Attendance IEP Goals (examples)

Disabled students often encounter unique challenges that need individualized support. When that support is not received, you may encounter school avoidance or school refusal. As…

8 Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages

8 Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages

Finding fun activities for kids that are both educational and entertaining can be a challenge, especially around Groundhog Day. This quirky holiday has a unique tradition of predicting the…

What Is ADHD Evaluation Like?

What Is ADHD Evaluation Like?

Getting an evaluation is the first step on the path to understanding and managing ADHD. But, for those unfamiliar with the disorder, it can be…