IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

IEP Preparation Checklist As an advocate, I have attended literally hundreds of IEP meetings. I know you, Moms. You’re stressed and anxious. But attending all those IEP meetings has also given me a tremendous view of all kinds of people and meetings and ways to prepare. If you hire a Special Education Advocate, you might…

Yes, the IEP Meeting MUST be held at a time convenient for parents.

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 for all? Because I have had it up to here (I’m pointing to my forehead, lol) with schools telling parents that “we only have IEP meetings at 7 or 2.” Or something like that. No,…

When should I receive a Draft Copy of the IEP or Evaluations?

When should I receive a Draft Copy of the IEP or Evaluations?

Draft IEP Timelines “Well, Mrs. Lightner, we are not going to be making any changes to this IEP today.” Oh lordy. Do I remember that day! Kevin was still a toddler and it was one of my first IEP meetings. That woman really tapped a sleeping bear. I had read about IEPs, as much as…

7 Real-Life Examples of Misogyny at IEP Meetings.

7 Real-Life Examples of Misogyny at IEP Meetings.

The misogyny of IEP meetings. I receive a surprising amount of criticism for catering to women on this blog. Or, writing about them and to them. Sure, much of it is constructive criticism such as “Remember, dads do this stuff too!” It’s usually in response to a post that I’ve done that has “moms” in…

7 Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.

7 Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.

Be on Alert for these phrases at your IEP Meeting. You’re sitting in your IEP meeting. Things seem to be going well. Everyone is pleasant and there’s a constructive conversation. But your gut is telling you that something just isn’t quite right. But, how do you know? Well, after having attended hundreds of IEP meetings,…

These 6 Principles of IDEA must be applied at every IEP meeting.

These 6 Principles of IDEA must be applied at every IEP meeting.

6 Principles of Special Education I have to open this post with a shout out to blog reader Mike T. He emailed me, as a link to this post and the printable was gone. I searched and searched and sure enough, he was right. So, starting over. Because the 6 Principles of IDEA and Special…