What is a Life Skills Classroom? Is it the Same as a Resource Room?

What is a Life Skills Classroom? Is it the Same as a Resource Room?

Life Skills Classroom | Special Education Resource Room I really hate the term life skills. I mean, after all, we ALL need life skills. It’s just that what each person needs to be taught varies greatly. But, if your child has an IEP, and depending on their skill set, a “life skills classroom” or “life…

55 Functional Money Skills and IEP Goals | Modern Money Skills

55 Functional Money Skills and IEP Goals | Modern Money Skills

Functional Money Skills Remember when we were little, and we thought nickels were worth more than dimes, just because they were bigger? Ah, those were the days. As part of adulting, we need to teach our kids practical money skills. Money as a topic usually falls under functional math. However, for kids with IEPs, it…

Emotional Self Regulation | IEP Goals | Development

Emotional Self Regulation | IEP Goals | Development

What is Self Regulation? Emotional self regulation and the ability to self regulate is an invisible skill and is considered one of the executive functions. It is a huge problem area for IEP students, in my experience. Because, when a child lacks self regulation skills, negative behaviors often result. And, too often, the adults in…

Developing Meaningful IEP Transition Goals beyond “Food, Filth and Flowers.”

Developing Meaningful IEP Transition Goals beyond “Food, Filth and Flowers.”

IEP Transition Services IEP Transition Planning is probably the most important time in a student’s IEP life. Yet it is the section of the IEP that I see inadequate and downright botched most of the time. I see very few meaningful IEP transition goals written. And, meaningless transition IEP goals means mediocre IEP transition services…

6 Must Do First Week of School Activities for Special Education | Teachers and Parents

6 Must Do First Week of School Activities for Special Education | Teachers and Parents

First Week of Special Education I’m a crazy over planner. While everyone is just trying to get through to the end of a school year, I’m already planning for the first week of school activities in special education for next year. I know, it’s a bit over the top. But here’s the thing. By the…

What to Do About IEP Retaliation Including When They Call CPS.

What to Do About IEP Retaliation Including When They Call CPS.

The school called CPS on me! Sometimes I hear the stories and think “How, how did we get here?” And, many times I’ve seen a parent seek assistance and many parents chime in, “That’s illegal, they can’t do that!” Sigh. I wish it was that simple. Yes, it is illegal. But IEP retaliation happens. School…