Yes, you should consider Special Education Mediation for your IEP Dispute.

Special Education Mediation Mediation, meee–deee-aayyy-shun! I’m singing that in the Cat in the Hat tune. Have you seen that episode where he sings about hibernation? Well, that’s what I think of when people talk about IEPs and mediation. I end up singing that term in my head. But enough about my ear worms. You’re here…

What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.

What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.

My school is not following the IEP! It’s a common parent complaint. Your school, teacher or IEP team is not following the IEP. In non-compliance. Here are some steps that you can take and I’ve sort of listed them in order of how you should proceed, though some may overlap. (Note: For the purposes of this…

{IEP and Email} What to Know Before You Click “Send.”

{IEP and Email} What to Know Before You Click “Send.”

IEPs and E-Mail Email. How did we live without it? IEPs are relatively new, not even 50 years old. Obviously, e-mail is even newer. And, as technology changes, IEP practice and regulations has to change too. The last time IDEA was reauthorized what 2004, so even that is a long time in the age of…

Assistive Technology in the Classroom | 3 Facts that can change your IEP.

Assistive Technology in the Classroom | 3 Facts that can change your IEP.

Assistive Technology in the Classroom Before I rant about this (mostly kidding!), let me back up a bit. A while back, I did a post about IEP Thought Hurdles. I think it’s a really good post, but it never got the traction I thought it could get. That philosophy definitely applies to Assistive Technology 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,…

What to do when your desired (out-of-district) IEP placement rejects your child.

What to do when your desired (out-of-district) IEP placement rejects your child.

IEP Placement: Private and Out-of-District Ahhh…you’re finally there. After months (maybe years!) of IEP meetings, you and your school district have agreed that your child needs a private placement. Success! Finally, no more stagnating, no more regression. Your child will finally be in a more appropriate placement. And then, you get the sucker punch. It…

PWN in Special Education: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.

PWN in Special Education: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.

Prior Written Notice-PWN How many times have you heard phrases like these, at IEP meetings, when you’ve suggested something? I don’t think he/she needs that. Why don’t we ‘wait and see’ and talk about it in a few months? I have to discuss this with {someone with more authority} and then I’ll get back to…