What is Phonemic Awareness? | IEP Assessments | 5 Fun Effective Strategies for Parents

What is Phonemic Awareness? | IEP Assessments | 5 Fun Effective Strategies for Parents

Phonemic Awareness The other day, my 13-year-old sports son fan and I had a short but confusing discussion. I knew he was looking at a sports-something on Instagram, and it was the first day of NBA free agency. “Mom, what does resigned mean?” I explained to him that it means to quit, as in quitting…

How to Build a Meaningful IEP for Autism | Autism IEP Goals | Sample IEP for Autism

How to Build a Meaningful IEP for Autism | Autism IEP Goals | Sample IEP for Autism

IEP for Autism For almost 10 years, readers have been asking me questions about an IEP and autism. It’s quite common in our Facebook group to have a Mom pop in and say “We were just told we were getting an IEP for autism, what should I ask for?” For 10 years, I have resisted…

10 Common Q&A about Private Schools and IEPs | Special Education

10 Common Q&A about Private Schools and IEPs | Special Education

Private Schools and IEPs This topic makes me sad. Because it’s so super deflating for parents. Many times, attending a private school is a tradition for families. Then, they have a child who requires an IEP. That brings on their private school reality check, as far as private schools and IEPs and special education. So…

Due Process Hearing in Special Education | 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer

Due Process Hearing in Special Education | 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer

Can you Win a Due Process Hearing without a lawyer? We’d do anything for our kids. Anything. And since some of us have been dealt a less than a favorable hand, that can mean doing battle with your school district over what type of education your child receives. And sometimes that battle leaves us no…

How to Get a 1:1 Aide/Para added to your child’s IEP.

How to Get a 1:1 Aide/Para added to your child’s IEP.

Guidelines and Justification for a 1:1 Aide/Para on an IEP. Some schools call them 1:1 aides, some call them paraprofessionals. Here in my state, we call them PCAs. Yes, another special education acronym. But, regardless of what your state calls it, you landed here because you think that your child needs a 1:1 during the…

40 IEP Transition Goals for Students on the Path to Postsecondary | Jobs

40 IEP Transition Goals for Students on the Path to Postsecondary | Jobs

IEP Transition Goals for Postsecondary or Job I was leery of how I could use the word “postsecondary” and not create any confusion. To be clear, there are no IEPs in college. A student can get a 504 plan, but is not entitled to special education in college. But, it certainly is a realistic goal…

30 IEP Goals Addressing Sexual Relationships

30 IEP Goals Addressing Sexual Relationships

Sexual Relationship IEP Goals Sexual relationships are a part of every adult’s life. Whether or not we want to think about it or talk about it, we must. If you are expecting that your disabled child will live independently, this is something they likely will encounter–sexual urges and the opportunity to act upon them. Have…

50 IEP Goals for Safety and Community Participation

50 IEP Goals for Safety and Community Participation

Personal Safety and Community Participation Originally, I had this giant article with a list of over 300 independent living skills. Many of you, teachers and parents, said it was too overwhelming. So, I’m breaking it down. This way, teachers and parents can use it as a guide for what their child needs to be independent…