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…

IEP Goal Considerations for Middle School and High School Students | Accommodations

IEP Goal Considerations for Middle School and High School Students | Accommodations

Middle School and High School IEPs Before we get started on things to think about for your middle school IEP or high school IEP, there are a few things parents should know. First, middle school or high school is not a concept addressed in IDEA. IDEA does not require nor call for anything special to…

The Many Flaws of School FBAs and Behavior Plans

The Many Flaws of School FBAs and Behavior Plans

FBAs and Behavior Plans FBAs and Behavior Plans are a common component of IEPs. And, after 12 years of advocacy, I’m seeing the same issues over and over. Most importantly–they often don’t work. The same kids are being suspended, failing grades, and being ostracized by both peers and staff. I’m going to outline some common…

Assistive Technology AAC and your IEP | Goals | Examples

Assistive Technology AAC and your IEP | Goals | Examples

Assistive Technology AAC Questions about Assistive Technology are some of the most common ones that we receive as advocates. How do I get an AT device? How do I know which AAC or Assistive Technology device to choose? Who pays for assistive technology? Assistive Technology is a support or service that has many names. Many…

Can a School or IEP Team Demand Access to Medical Records or Information?

Can a School or IEP Team Demand Access to Medical Records or Information?

Can a School Demand Medical Information? I can’t believe that I am even doing a blog post on this topic. But it’s only Tuesday and it has already come up three times in our Facebook group. We’ve had several situations where a school or IEP team member has asked or demanded medical information or access…

Can IEP Assessments and Evaluations be Done Virtually? | What is a REED?

Can IEP Assessments and Evaluations be Done Virtually? | What is a REED?

Online IEP Assessments This issue has been coming up in the Facebook Group often. I guess this pandemic is going on longer than any of us had hoped, and this is an issue that many families are dealing with. Your child is due for IEP assessments and either you or the school want to do…

Retaking Tests | Why IEP Teams Should Rethink this Accommodation

Retaking Tests | Why IEP Teams Should Rethink this Accommodation

Retaking Tests Accommodation Allowing a student to retake a test is a very common IEP accommodation. And, at first glance, it seems like a reasonable one. Reasonable? Sure. Helpful….mmm, not so sure. Last week I completed a post about extended time on tests. This accommodation goes with that one, and both are seen together, frequently,…