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How To Write a Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP that Gets Noticed | Templates
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How To Write a Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP that Gets Noticed | Templates

By September 9, 2020 0
How to Write IEP Parent Concerns. I’m going to wag my finger at you–from this day forward, you
What will happen to my IEP this Fall, if I choose to…..
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Pandemic Parenting

What will happen to my IEP this Fall, if I choose to…..

By July 14, 2020 0
Your IEP This Fall We are faced with so many tough decisions this fall. I addressed the decision-making process in
How to Request Homebound Placement | Examples | Sentence Starters
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Pandemic Parenting

How to Request Homebound Placement | Examples | Sentence Starters

By July 12, 2020 0
Homebound Placement during the Pandemic Normally, I’m against homebound IEP placement for most students. After all, it is one
10 Tips for a Meaningful IEP Transition Plan.
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10 Tips for a Meaningful IEP Transition Plan.

By May 18, 2020 0
IEP Transition Planning IEP Transition Planning is probably the most important time in a student’s IEP life. Yet it
40 IEP Goals for Reading |  Comprehension | Strategies | Evaluations
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40 IEP Goals for Reading | Comprehension | Strategies | Evaluations

By March 7, 2020 0
Reading: IEP Goals & Strategies Ways to improve Reading Comprehension: Use Visuals. Answer Questions. Predicting. Summarizing/Retelling. Identifying parts of
IDEA Procedural Safeguards | The IEP Parents’ Rights Document that most Parents never read.
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IDEA Procedural Safeguards | The IEP Parents’ Rights Document that most Parents never read.

By March 6, 2020 0
Special Education Procedural Safeguards Ok, finger-wagging time. Because I know that a very large percentage of parents are not
IEP Goal Bank | List of 1000s of Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives
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IEP Goal Bank | List of 1000s of Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

By February 22, 2020 0
IEP Goal Bank A well written IEP goal is essential to the IEP and special education. How can you monitor
IEP Testing and Evaluations: What Parents Should Know  | Timelines | Initial Evals
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IEP Testing and Evaluations: What Parents Should Know | Timelines | Initial Evals

By February 20, 2020 0
IEP Evaluations Different variations of questions come up about IEP evaluations all the time. Parents are unclear about timelines, what
Parents, You are the IEP Police. Yes, you!
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Special Education

Parents, You are the IEP Police. Yes, you!

By January 29, 2020 0
IEP Parent Participation This is a concept that I really need parents to grab on to and internalize. I hope
Special Factors in the IEP | Parent and Team Considerations
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Special Factors in the IEP | Parent and Team Considerations

By January 25, 2020 0
Special Factors in the IEP Most of the questions that we receive as educational advocates are about the implementation of
How to get an IEP for your Child, explained by a Special Education Advocate.
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How to get an IEP for your Child, explained by a Special Education Advocate.

By January 25, 2020 0
How to get an IEP. Gather your thoughts about your child and their struggles at school. Decide if meeting with
Executive Functioning | Measurable IEP Goals | Accommodations | Strategies
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Executive Functioning | Measurable IEP Goals | Accommodations | Strategies

By January 7, 2020 0
Executive Functioning IEP Goals Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes such as planning, working memory, attention, problem
NVLD | Non-Verbal Learning Disorder | Symptoms | IEP Goals Accommodations
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NVLD | Non-Verbal Learning Disorder | Symptoms | IEP Goals Accommodations

By January 7, 2020 0
NVLD NVLD-Non Verbal Learning Disability or Disorder. All I can say is wow! Is your child struggling with pragmatics and
{The Secret Revealed} How some Moms make this IEP thing look easy.
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{The Secret Revealed} How some Moms make this IEP thing look easy.

By November 26, 2019 0
How to have an easier time during the IEP. “Mrs. Lightner, we’ll add the additional hour of OT to
The Special Education Placement Decision Making Process, explained.
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The Special Education Placement Decision Making Process, explained.

By November 20, 2019 0
Special Education Placement Not only is IEP placement one of the most debated topics among parents, it’s also one
How to Prevent your School from Removing IEP Supports and Services.
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How to Prevent your School from Removing IEP Supports and Services.

By November 4, 2019 0
Can the School Remove Supports and Services from the IEP? This is probably the number one reason that parents dread
How (and why?) do you remove an IEP?
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Special Education

How (and why?) do you remove an IEP?

By October 16, 2019 0
Can an IEP be removed? One of the, ahem, benefits of this job is that I get to talk to
All About your IEP: A Guide to Getting Started, for Parents.
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All About your IEP: A Guide to Getting Started, for Parents.

By September 24, 2019 0
What is an IEP? IEP stands for Individual Education Plan. It is just what it says. Children with disabilities are
Worst.IEP.Advice.Ever.
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Worst.IEP.Advice.Ever.

By September 23, 2019 0
Wanna hear the Worst IEP Advice? The worst IEP advice I’ve ever heard: “Make sure you cry at the
What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.
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Special Education

What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.

By September 19, 2019 0
My school is not following the IEP! It’s a common parent complaint.¬†Your school, teacher or IEP team is
{IEP and Email} What to Know Before You Click “Send.”
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{IEP and Email} What to Know Before You Click “Send.”

By September 18, 2019 0
IEPs and E-Mail Email. How did we live without it? IEPs are relatively new, not even 50 years old. Obviously, e-mail
Don’t IEP Alone

IEP Homebound Instruction: A Guide for Parents.

By July 22, 2019 0
IEP Homebound Wow. So I have to do a post on homebound. Granted, I guess at some point, there will
What to do when your desired (out-of-district) IEP placement rejects your child.
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What to do when your desired (out-of-district) IEP placement rejects your child.

By July 18, 2019 0
IEP Placement: Private and Out-of-District Ahhh…you’re finally there. After months (maybe years!) of IEP meetings, you and your
Prior Written Notice PWN: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.
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Prior Written Notice PWN: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.

By June 1, 2019 0
Prior Written Notice-PWN How many times have you heard phrases like these, at IEP meetings, when you’ve suggested something?
Understanding Related Services on the IEP, for parents.
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Understanding Related Services on the IEP, for parents.

By April 13, 2019 0
Related Services on the IEP audiology counseling services early identification family training-counseling and home visits health services medical services nursing
They said my child is too old to be considered for “developmental delay.”
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They said my child is too old to be considered for “developmental delay.”

By April 3, 2019 0
Developmental Delay It’s weird, right? Your child has had an IEP for years, and his disability classification has always
What if I don’t want ‘that’ IEP goal?
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IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

What if I don’t want ‘that’ IEP goal?

By February 25, 2019 0
I don’t want that IEP goal on my child’s IEP. I know I’ve told the story several
7 Red Flags that your IEP is Garbage. {and what to do about it!}
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7 Red Flags that your IEP is Garbage. {and what to do about it!}

By February 23, 2019 0
How to tell when you have a crappy IEP. I’ve attended more IEP meetings than I can count. Or
Assistive Technology and your IEP: What parents need to know.
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Assistive Technology and your IEP: What parents need to know.

By January 29, 2019 0
Assistive Technology in the Classroom Several years ago, I compiled a series of posts that corresponded with the alphabet. This
13 Disability Categories of IDEA: Does it matter which box is checked on an IEP?
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13 Disability Categories of IDEA: Does it matter which box is checked on an IEP?

By January 28, 2019 0
13 Categories of IDEA: Conditions and Disabilities Autism (and yes there is medical vs educational!) Deaf-blindness Deafness Developmental delay (DD) Emotional
What happens if your child does not meet their IEP goals?
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IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

What happens if your child does not meet their IEP goals?

By January 26, 2019 0
What happens if your child does not meet their IEP goals? Ah, progress monitoring. I find it to be one
At what age does an IEP end?
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At what age does an IEP end?

By January 23, 2019 0
At what age does an IEP end? I know what you’re thinking. “21!” is what you want to yell out.
ESY | Extended School Year Services | Eligibility Criteria, Services, Programs.
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ESY | Extended School Year Services | Eligibility Criteria, Services, Programs.

By December 19, 2018 0
What is ESY Extended School Year? ESY (extended school year) is anything that extends beyond the normal six hours a

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