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Is your Child’s IEP sufficient? How to tell, for parents.

Fixing your Child's IEP Plan. I get it-school IEP plans are confusing, cumbersome and overwhelming. Most parents come to me ...
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7 Red Flags that your IEP is Garbage. {and what to do about it!}

How to tell when you have a crappy IEP. I've attended more IEP meetings than I can count. Or even ...
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Present Levels | PLOP | PLAAFP | The Most Important Section of the IEP-Find out Why!

IEP Present Levels Ask almost any Special Education Advocate, and they'll tell you that Present Levels is the most important ...
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How to Turn IEP Progress Monitoring into Success for your Child.

IEP Progress Monitoring Definition of individualized education program (IEP)... an IEP will include...(3) A description of—(i) How the child’s progress ...
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How to get Meaningful IEP Data | Examples | Collection | Sheets

IEP Data Collection A few weeks ago, Michelle wrote a post about IEP Progress Monitoring. In that post, she references ...
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How to Get a 1:1 Aide/Para added to your child’s IEP.

Guidelines and Justification for a 1:1 Aide/Para on an IEP. Some schools call them 1:1 aides, some call them paraprofessionals ...
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No-Meet IEP Addendum | What is it? | How to Use it.

IEP No-Meet Amendments In making changes to a child’s IEP after the annual IEP Team meeting for a school year, ...
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What to do when school says ‘we don’t do that here’ {when you’ve asked for something on the IEP}

What to do when a school says 'we don't do that here' {when you've asked for something on the IEP} ...
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How to Prevent your School from Removing IEP Supports and Services.

Can the School Remove Supports and Services from the IEP? This is probably the number one reason that parents dread ...
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What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.

My school is not following the IEP! It's a common parent complaint. Your school, teacher or IEP team is not following ...
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Got IEP Violations? | State and Federal Complaint Options for Parents.

IEP Complaint Options for Parents Another long overdue post. This comes up often in the group. "File a complaint!" And ...
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14 Tips for Writing an OCR Complaint that gets Noticed | IEP | 504

OCR Complaint I know, we complain too much. What can I say, it's a complaints-based system. One of the remedies ...
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IDEA Procedural Safeguards | The IEP Parents’ Rights Document that most Parents never read.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards Ok, finger-wagging time. Because I know that a very large percentage of parents are not reading ...
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Parents, You are the IEP Police. Yes, you!

IEP Parent Participation This is a concept that I really need parents to grab on to and internalize. I hope ...
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Understanding the IEP Process, for Parents.

The IEP Process. For me, the IEP process is not something that I pay attention to just once a year ...
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Yes, the IEP Meeting MUST be held at a time convenient for parents.

What does IDEA say about parents attending IEP meetings? Whew, can we please put this issue to bed, once and ...
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Prior Written Notice PWN: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.

Prior Written Notice-PWN How many times have you heard phrases like these, at IEP meetings, when you've suggested something? I ...
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What Happens if Parents refuse to sign the IEP?

What happens if I don't sign the IEP? Short answer: Nothing. In most cases. Only 2-3 states require a parent's ...
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10 Common Parent IEP Mistakes (That You Can Fix!)

IEP Information for Parents Raise your hand if you just LOVE going to IEP meetings. (waits) No one? Raise your ...
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How To Write Your Best-Ever Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP.

How to Write IEP Parent Concerns. I'm going to wag my finger at you--from this day forward, you do a ...
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