It’s your first IEP meeting. Or maybe your 50th. My Facebook group. Right now I think it has over 30,000 members and we add dozens each day. And still at least once or twice a week, a new member pops in with “So relieved to have found you! Tell me, my first IEP meeting is […]
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IEP Meeting Stress I was waiting in the lobby. Mom pulled into the parking lot, made her way towards me. “I’m so nervous!” she whispered. “Don’t be. We got this.” And we did. My mind drifted to other parents in our Facebook group who often express similar sentiments before a meeting. And then walking back […]
Gaslighting. I remember the first time I was gaslighted at an IEP meeting. It probably wasn’t the first time, but it was the first time that I remember. I was working in a local district, and I had been there a lot. This particular district had a horrible reputation as far as discipline issues, particularly […]
“What can I do about missed therapy hours at school?” I hear this question a lot. And this is an area where there is a huge amount of misinformation. No, they do not have to pay you. The district also does not have to arrange for private outside therapy. I mean, if you get that […]
Parent Mistakes in the IEP Process Raise your hand if you just LOVE going to IEP meetings. (waits) No one? Raise your hand if you drink a bottle of wine the evening of an IEP meeting? A-ha! There, now I see some hands. I often say, “You don’t know what you don’t know” and the […]
Special Education Acronyms When I first started this journey, I swore that I wouldn’t do this! I swore that I would never be one of “those people.” Those people who speak in IEP and special education acronyms. Guess what? I am one. And let’s face it, acronyms exist for a reason. To say “individualized education […]