IEP and Special Education Knowledge

This is why you’re here, right? You need IEP information or advice.

The IEP process is not for the faint of heart. If your child has an IEP, please heed my advice–as I am a Special Education Advocate having attended hundreds of IEP meetings since 2009.

The ‘IEP Special Education’ category is dedicated to providing information and resources for families and individuals navigating the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process.

Here, you will find a wealth of resources on understanding the IEP process, from developing the IEP to working with schools to implement it.

Understanding IDEA and your Parental Rights
Tips and tactics for Better, More Productive IEP meetings
IEP Goals, IEP Goal Ideas, IEP Goal Bank
IEP accommodations and 504 accommodations
IEP strategies and interventions
IEP Complaint and IEP Dispute options
Section 504 Plans

Our expert authors share their knowledge and experiences to help you understand your rights and advocate for the best possible education for your child.

Whether you’re just starting the IEP process or looking for tips and tricks to make it smoother, this category has you covered.

Parents must commit to learning and using the IEP process to meet their child’s needs.

And I’m making it easier for you. I have hundreds of articles about IEP topics and common IEP parent questions. I explain things in a language you can understand, and offer solution steps.

Stay informed and equipped with the latest resources on IEP special education.

Does a 504 Plan Expire?

Does a 504 Plan Expire?

Today, we’re diving into the world of 504 plans and the burning question: Does a 504 plan expire? Spoiler alert: They don’t have a set…

How Long is an IEP Meeting?

How Long is an IEP Meeting?

Inside: How long do IEP meetings last? And what should you do if you feel your IEP meeting is too short or too long? Sharing…

What is a Facilitated IEP Meeting?

What is a Facilitated IEP Meeting?

My very first experience with a facilitated IEP meeting was not a good one. Things were very tense between the parents and the school. The…

Free Mental Health Coloring Pages

Free Mental Health Coloring Pages

Today, we’re diving into something incredibly important: Mental Health Coloring Pages. Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind of emotions, can’t it? But here’s the…

Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

Does your IEP team call you “Mom” at IEP meetings? Are you comfortable with that? Let’s explore the pros and cons to this common gesture, and ways to change it if you wish.

16 IEP Goals for Phonemic Awareness

16 IEP Goals for Phonemic Awareness

Inside: Learn what phonemic awareness is and how to assess for it. Plus some IEP goals for Phonemic Awareness. The other day, my 13-year-old sports…

28 Sample Vocabulary IEP Goals

28 Sample Vocabulary IEP Goals

Once a child has been identified as a student with a learning disability, it can be tough for the IEP team to come to agreement…

25 Measurable Telling Time IEP Goals

25 Measurable Telling Time IEP Goals

Telling time is an essential executive function that our kids need to live independently. Of course supports and accommodations can be put in place, but…

10 Attendance IEP Goals (examples)

10 Attendance IEP Goals (examples)

Disabled students often encounter unique challenges that need individualized support. When that support is not received, you may encounter school avoidance or school refusal. As…

25 Impulse Control IEP Goals

25 Impulse Control IEP Goals

Many students struggle with Impulse Control Disorders, secondary to other learning disabilities. Here are goal and accommodation ideas to add to an IEP or 504 plan.

Free IEP at a Glance Template

Free IEP at a Glance Template

When I was a special educator in Maryland, we provided an IEP Snapshot to all of our general educators who had a student with an…

List of IEP Goals for ADHD

List of IEP Goals for ADHD

For a long time, as I worked with clients, we fought the battle to get a child an IEP for ADHD rather than just the…

Is Lindamood Bell Worth the Money?

Is Lindamood Bell Worth the Money?

Inside: Many parents consider paying for Lindamood Bell programs to help their kids read. But, is it worth the money? Several years ago, my cousins…

Why Are IEPs Important?

Why Are IEPs Important?

Inside: I hear from many parents who “don’t even want to bother” with an IEP. It’s a sentiment I understand, but you may want to…

What is Differentiated Instruction?

What is Differentiated Instruction?

Inside: Differentiated Instruction is a term that gets a lot of buzz these days. But, while differentiating instruction has a lot of value, it further…

What is an IEP Meeting?

What is an IEP Meeting?

Inside: Learn what an IEP meeting is, and what is the purpose of an IEP meeting. And, how to be your child’s best advocate at…

Can You Have an IEP and a 504?

Can You Have an IEP and a 504?

Learn what an IEP provides and what a 504 provides, and why it’s not a case of “more is better. Your child should not need both.

Is an IEP a Legal Document?

Is an IEP a Legal Document?

Inside: Yes, an IEP is a legally binding document. Understand the framework and laws behind IEPs and what to do if you have a legal…

What is IDEA Child Find?

What is IDEA Child Find?

“That’s a Child Find issue.You need to report them for Child Find!” If your child has an IEP, chances are you have heard these phrases.

504 Plans, explained.

504 Plans, explained.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive…

Can you get an IEP in High School?

Can you get an IEP in High School?

High School IEP Surprisingly, I am asked the question about IEPs in High School quite often. More than I am comfortable with, but more on…

How to Navigate Sex Ed and an IEP

How to Navigate Sex Ed and an IEP

Sex Ed and the Disabled Child Yep! I’m going there! This topic makes some people uncomfortable and I know it’s difficult to even think of…

What is Written Expression?

What is Written Expression?

Written Expression Writing is not a simple task. It involves a complex process of using and coordinating various cognitive processes. Thus, a lot of students,…

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