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The most valuable thing you are going to learn on this site–how to not stress over your annual IEP meeting. No, really, I mean it.

IEP meetings and the stress and drama surrounding them are a construct. And we can break it down, and rebuild a new one. A different one. An annual IEP meeting that is a collaboration, not a battle.



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How and When to Request an IEP Meeting.

How and When to Request an IEP Meeting This one should be filed under "blog posts I never thought I'd ...
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50 Common IEP Meeting Questions

IEP Meeting Questions Over the past decade, I have attended hundreds of IEP meetings and met with hundreds of families ...
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My IEP Meeting is tomorrow!

When your IEP Meeting is Tomorrow This was in an email I opened this morning: "Hi! I have my IEP ...
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How to Not Cry at your IEP Meeting.

How to Not Cry at your IEP Meeting. Is it any wonder that Moms cry at IEP Meetings? Pretend I've ...
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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 ...
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How Long should an IEP Meeting be?

What is the Length of Time for an Average IEP Meeting? How long is an IEP meeting? How long should ...
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Who attends an IEP meeting? Can I exclude people?

Can I exclude people from my IEP meeting? I have a friend and there are 18 school staff people, and ...
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How to avoid IEP Meeting Negativity.

Avoid falling into the hole of IEP negativity. Recently there was a lively discussion in our Facebook group. A teacher ...
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Should I bring food to the IEP meeting?

Should I bring food to the IEP meeting? I understand you want to be nice. You want to be the ...
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How to Rock your First IEP Meeting.

IEP Meeting Dos and Don'ts My first IEP meeting did not go well. Well, wait. Kevin has been receiving services ...
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What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.

AFTER the IEP Meeting It seems that many parents anticipate and prepare for an IEP meeting and then that's it ...
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6 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend their IEP Meeting.

Why Your Child Should Attend their IEP Meeting Should my child attend their IEP meeting? In a word? Ab-so-freaking-lutely! Self-advocacy ...
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Why More Parents Should Consider Facilitated IEP Meetings.

Facilitated IEP Meetings My very first experience with a facilitated IEP meeting was not a good one. Things were very ...
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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, ...
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What to wear to an IEP meeting. Because, yes, it matters.

Does it matter what you wear to an IEP meeting? Yes. "I have an IEP meeting tomorrow, should I dress ...
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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 ...
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Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

Recording School IEP Meetings Can you (audio) record your IEP meeting? It's a question that I've seen parents and advocates ...
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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 ...
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If I request an IEP meeting, how long does the school have to respond?

Parent Request for IEP Meeting Timelines IDEA does not define this. Some state special education regulations have set a time ...
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Are you being gaslighted at IEP meetings? {spoiler alert: probably!}

Gaslighting. I remember the first time I was gaslighted at an IEP meeting. It probably wasn't the first time, but ...
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The Secret that will have you Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. Yes, really.

How to Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. I was waiting in the lobby. Mom pulled into the parking lot, made ...
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How to use the Snapshot IEP in your next Parent-Teacher meeting. {free printable!}

How to use the Snapshot IEP in your next Parent-Teacher meeting. When I was a special educator in Maryland, we ...
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How to Prevent your School from Removing IEP Supports and Services.

Can the School Remove Supports and Services from the IEP? This is probably the number one reason that parents dread ...
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How To Write Your Best-Ever Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP.

How to Write IEP Parent Concerns. I'm going to wag my finger at you--from this day forward, you do a ...
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