IEP Advocacy: How to keep Your IEP Life Running Smoothly


New Beginnings

I have this love-hate relationship with winter. I live in the mid-Atlantic and the weather here is less than desirable. Sure, we have some winter days with sunshine and temperatures in the 50s. But most of January through April is cold, gray and wet.

But, I use the shorter, darker days and long, cold nights as a good reason to hunker down, reflect and work. It’s not unusual for me to clean out every cabinet, drawer and closet during these months. I can unapologetically take a nap if I have time. And, there’s a lot to be said about spending 3 months straight in sweatpants. Virtual IEP meetings have only lengthened my “sweat pants” season.

Many families hunker down, do less socializing and less spending. For me, it’s a time to get organized and plan for what my family wants in the year ahead.

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I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. There’s too much emphasis and importance put on them. And somehow, if I am not achieving or doing these things by January 2 or 4, I feel defeated. As I age, I have found it much more effective to plan, then execute what I want for the coming year.

Rethinking your IEP Process

The IEP process is a lot like this too. So many parents come to me, with one burning question or desire. And they want it resolved now.

I get it. It sucks to watch your kid fall behind their peers. Watching that skill gap grow. And, if it’s an issue that has been festering for a while, well, we all reach our breaking point.

But, most IEP issues don’t happen overnight. And they don’t get fixed overnight either.

While we’re hunkered down this winter, I want you to reflect on the past year, as pertains to your IEP.

When it comes to making things happen and getting things done, there is nothing quite as powerful as writing it down. What do you want to do better or differently?

An IEP Opportunity

During all of this time I’ve had at home, I’ve decided to go for it. I’ve decided to open up my dream venture: An Online IEP Coaching Academy.

I’ve been answering questions on Facebook and in blog posts and emails for over 10 years. So often, I find myself repeating the same steps over and over, or I find that one of the admins is repeating herself.

You know why this is? Because we have told you what to do. But we haven’t told you the why and the how. And only giving you the what, well, that only takes you so far.

The Don’t IEP Alone Academy is going to teach you the what, the why and the how.

I’m going to walk you through the exact thought process and problem-solving techniques and strategies that I use an advocate. I’m going to coach you how to use them. We’re going to act like a team–helping each other.

All ships in the harbor rise, as they say.

We all have strengths and we need to utilize those strengths.

Action Steps

If you would like to make some practical changes to how you navigate the IEP process, I invite you to register. Refunds will be available through lessons 1-3. However, if you don’t request a refund before Lesson 4, there are no refunds. This is so I can accommodate as many parents as wish to learn, and I don’t have to leave anyone out. After 3 lessons, there really won’t be any time to catch up and it will only leave parents frustrated at trying. After lesson 3, I won’t be taking any more names from the wait list.

I love quotes and clichés. And one of my favorites is “Do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you always got.”

If you are satisfied with your IEP and how you currently plod through the annual process, by all means keep doing so. But if you’re tired of the same old, same old…things like:

  • receiving conflicting information from IEP team members
  • hard to discern or interpret statutes and laws
  • confusing and conflicting information from (well intended but misinformed!) friends on Facebook
  • stressing out over the IEP meeting
  • losing sleep over the progress your child isn’t making


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