7 Red Flags that your IEP is Garbage. {and what to do about it!}

7 Red Flags that your IEP is Garbage. {and what to do about it!}

How to tell when you have a crappy IEP. I’ve attended more IEP meetings than I can count. Or even care to count. I get it–parents only call in a Special Education Advocate when there’s trouble. If you were happy with things, you wouldn’t need help, right? But what that means is that as an…

How to Understand your Child’s IEP Evaluations | Preparing for an IEP Eligibility Meeting

How to Understand your Child’s IEP Evaluations | Preparing for an IEP Eligibility Meeting

Interpreting IEP Evaluations For me, both as a Special Education Advocate and a Parent, I find the hardest part of the IEP process to be the IEP eligibility evaluations. For each re-evaluation, my son (or my clients) may receive upward of 10-12 assessments. That’s a dozen protocols I have to look up, read and understand….

Do IEPs Transfer? Can We Stay In The Same School If We Move? FAQs About School And Moving

Do IEPs Transfer? Can We Stay In The Same School If We Move? FAQs About School And Moving

School, IEPs And Moving To A Different School/State Families move. It happens. Jobs, marriage, divorce, lots of reasons. The most important takeaways from this article are: Just because a child moves, does not mean that their needs have changed. So why should their IEP change? The new school district MUST PROVIDE you with any proposed…

How to Get Started with an IEP For Your Child.

How to Get Started with an IEP For Your Child.

Getting Started in the World of IEPs IEP stands for Individual Education Plan. It is just what it says. Children with disabilities are entitled to a “free and appropriate education” but what that looks like for each child is Individual. The concept of Special Education has only been around at the national level since 1975….

Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.

Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.

Important items that must be on your child’s IEP. “I got a call to pick up my daughter today because she put a child in a choke hold.” And of course this child with an IEP was on her way to a suspension. That’s what one of our group members posted recently. Sounds awful, right?…

ESY | Extended School Year | ESY Eligibility Criteria | ESY Services

ESY | Extended School Year | ESY Eligibility Criteria | ESY Services

ESY Extended School Year What is ESY? ESY (extended school year) is anything that extends beyond the normal six hours a day, 180 days a year. It is a provision of IDEA and is not just summer school. See ESY booklet below, IDEA regs on page 4. It can be anything (as long as the…

IEP Advocacy: How to keep Your IEP Life Running Smoothly

IEP Advocacy: How to keep Your IEP Life Running Smoothly

New Beginnings I have this love-hate relationship with winter. I live in the mid-Atlantic and the weather here is less than desirable. Sure, we have some winter days with sunshine and temperatures in the 50s. But most of January through April is cold, gray and wet. But, I use the shorter, darker days and long,…

IEP Coach | Training | Certification | Why to Hire One Instead of an IEP Advocate

IEP Coach | Training | Certification | Why to Hire One Instead of an IEP Advocate

IEP Coach Lately I have started calling myself an IEP Coach instead of an IEP Advocate or Special Education Advocate. For me, it’s not just a matter of semantics. I am changing the entire structure of my business and business model. And, while I will still be an Advocate, I am much more looking forward…

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