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Small Time Change, Huge Disruption | Daylight Savings Time and Autism | ADHD | Tips
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Small Time Change, Huge Disruption | Daylight Savings Time and Autism | ADHD | Tips

By March 8, 2021 0
Daylight Savings Time and Autism It’s just one hour. One.hour. It shouldn’t make us this crazy, right?
Following Directions and Learning Disabilities | Accommodations and Strategies for School and Home
Special Education

Following Directions and Learning Disabilities | Accommodations and Strategies for School and Home

By March 8, 2021 0
Following Directions Many people — kids and adults — have trouble following directions. They don’t seem to “listen” when
What is Amazon FreeTime? What to Know Before you Sign Up | Is it free? What does It Cost?
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What is Amazon FreeTime? What to Know Before you Sign Up | Is it free? What does It Cost?

By March 1, 2021 0
What is Amazon FreeTime? Check out this Amazon FreeTime free trial! Have you heard of Amazon FreeTime? It’s a
How to Attract and Safely Catch a Butterfly | Butterfly Gardening and Farming | Easy to Follow photos
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How to Attract and Safely Catch a Butterfly | Butterfly Gardening and Farming | Easy to Follow photos

By March 1, 2021 6
How to Catch a Butterfly So this is one of those posts that has been in my mind for probably
For Parents: Receptive Language vs Expressive Language Disorder | Receptive vs Express Language Skills and Strategies |  IEP Goals
Special Education

For Parents: Receptive Language vs Expressive Language Disorder | Receptive vs Express Language Skills and Strategies | IEP Goals

By March 1, 2021 0
Receptive vs Expressive Language If your child is being evaluated for Early Intervention or Special Education Services, you may be
Common Parent IEP Mistakes + How to Fix Them | IEP Tips for Parents
Special Education

Common Parent IEP Mistakes + How to Fix Them | IEP Tips for Parents

By February 23, 2021 0
IEP Tips for Parents Raise your hand if you just LOVE going to IEP meetings. (waits) No one? Raise your
Autism Age-Appropriate Interests | What Are Age-Appropriate Interests for a Developmentally Disabled Person
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Autism Age-Appropriate Interests | What Are Age-Appropriate Interests for a Developmentally Disabled Person

By February 19, 2021 0
Autism and Age-Appropriate Interests “Who gets to decide what is an age-appropriate interest for a disabled or autistic child?” This
What All Parents Need to Know About Life-Threatening Sepsis | Symptoms for Teenagers and Children
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What All Parents Need to Know About Life-Threatening Sepsis | Symptoms for Teenagers and Children

By February 17, 2021 0
Sepsis and Children I’m a worrier. It’s my nature. Having a disabled child, and one who is both
Gifted with an IEP | Understanding 2E Kids | Twice-Exceptional | Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities
Special Education

Gifted with an IEP | Understanding 2E Kids | Twice-Exceptional | Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities

By February 15, 2021 0
Understanding 2E Kids Twice-exceptional or 2E kids have both exceptional abilities and disabilities. In some ways, they are gifted. However,
How Does Pet Therapy Work? Pet Therapy for Disabled Children
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How Does Pet Therapy Work? Pet Therapy for Disabled Children

By February 8, 2021 0
Pet Therapy “Is that a therapy dog?” The good news–more and more, we (society) are better understanding the human/
ESY | Extended School Year | ESY Eligibility Criteria | ESY Services
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ESY | Extended School Year | ESY Eligibility Criteria | ESY Services

By February 4, 2021 0
ESY Extended School Year What is ESY? ESY (extended school year) is anything that extends beyond the normal six hours
SLD on your IEP | Understanding this Disability Category | Evaluations | Interventions | Goals
Special Education

SLD on your IEP | Understanding this Disability Category | Evaluations | Interventions | Goals

By February 1, 2021 0
What is SLD? Nearly half of all disabled children are in the category of SLD, per the US Department of
IEP Advocacy: How to keep Your IEP Life Running Smoothly
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IEP Advocacy: How to keep Your IEP Life Running Smoothly

By January 28, 2021 0
New Beginnings I have this love-hate relationship with winter. I live in the mid-Atlantic and the weather here is less
IEP Coach | Training | Certification | Why to Hire One Instead of an IEP Advocate
Don’t IEP Alone

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

By January 26, 2021 0
IEP Coach Lately I have started calling myself an IEP Coach instead of an IEP Advocate or Special Education Advocate.
When your child misses school because there is no nurse or aide | Action Steps for Parents
Special Education

When your child misses school because there is no nurse or aide | Action Steps for Parents

By January 21, 2021 0
When your Aide or Para is Absent This issue has me really ticked off lately. Mostly because of how often
Anti-Racism Resources | Books | Activities | Lesson Plans | Primary Schools
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Anti-Racism Resources | Books | Activities | Lesson Plans | Primary Schools

By January 17, 2021 0
Talking about Race with Kids This past summer, I hosted a series of chats about Race. It’s an issue
How To Address Your School Board With IEP Concerns | 10 Tips For Parents
Special Education

How To Address Your School Board With IEP Concerns | 10 Tips For Parents

By January 14, 2021 1
Should you take your IEP issues to the school board? I was recently approached by a school board member. The
45th Anniversary of IDEA 1975 | Advocating for Full Funding of IDEA
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

45th Anniversary of IDEA 1975 | Advocating for Full Funding of IDEA

By January 11, 2021 0
On November 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed IDEA 1975 into law. Prior to IDEA 1975 taking effect, only 20% of children with disabilities were
Math IEP Goals and Objectives | Printable List | PDF
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

Math IEP Goals and Objectives | Printable List | PDF

By January 10, 2021 0
Math IEP Goals I will never forget this one day when Kevin was a preschooler. We had an IEP meeting,
Interview: John Fetterman for US Senate
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Interview: John Fetterman for US Senate

By January 8, 2021 0
PA Lt. Governor John Fetterman for US Senate Today PA Lt. Governor began officially ‘exploring’ the idea of running for
How to Organize your IEP Binder (and track IEP Goals!)
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How to Organize your IEP Binder (and track IEP Goals!)

By January 7, 2021 0
IEP Binder Organization for Parents Most of us have various stacks of papers and folders around our house, but when
10 All-Year’s Resolutions for IEP Moms.
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10 All-Year’s Resolutions for IEP Moms.

By December 30, 2020 0
Time to Ditch New Year’s Resolutions New Year’s Resolutions. Pffft. Every year, many Americans set them. Yet, only 8%
Is A Child With Passing Grades Eligible For Special Education Under Idea? | What To Do When “His Grades Are Fine!”
Don’t IEP Alone

Is A Child With Passing Grades Eligible For Special Education Under Idea? | What To Do When “His Grades Are Fine!”

By December 29, 2020 0
Denied an IEP or 504 because Grades are Good I had this client one time who has a phenomenal memory. I
Why Educational Apps are Important | Pros and cons of Apps for Education
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Why Educational Apps are Important | Pros and cons of Apps for Education

By December 28, 2020 0
Educational Apps | Pros and Cons According to NPR, 53% of American kids over 11 have their own smartphone, and 84% of American teenagers.
16 Free, Printable Meal Plan Templates | Blank Or Menus | Weekly or Monthly | PDF
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16 Free, Printable Meal Plan Templates | Blank Or Menus | Weekly or Monthly | PDF

By December 25, 2020 0
Easy Meal Planner I don’t know about you, but summers around here tend to be a free for all.
12 Best Math Apps | Kids | Free | Educational | Android and iOS
Disability Apps and Books

12 Best Math Apps | Kids | Free | Educational | Android and iOS

By December 23, 2020 0
Math Apps With so many more kids learning at home or on a hybrid program, I am finding more parents
What Happens if Parents refuse to sign the IEP?
Special Education

What Happens if Parents refuse to sign the IEP?

By December 22, 2020 0
What happens if I don’t sign the IEP? Short answer: Nothing. In most cases. Only 2-3 states require a
Do I have to tell the IEP team about my child’s medication? Can Schools Force Medication? | IEP and 504 Issues
Special Education

Do I have to tell the IEP team about my child’s medication? Can Schools Force Medication? | IEP and 504 Issues

By December 19, 2020 0
Can Schools Force or Recommend Medication? Can Schools force medication? Can a teacher ask a student if they took their
What is RTI in School? What does it mean? RTI vs. MTSS
Special Education

What is RTI in School? What does it mean? RTI vs. MTSS

By December 17, 2020 0
RTI Response to Intervention | MTSS What is RTI at school? Who determines what RTI looks like for a kid? Can
How to Make Sensory Bottles | DIY | Benefits | Uses
Activities for Kids

How to Make Sensory Bottles | DIY | Benefits | Uses

By December 17, 2020 0
Making Sensory Bottles Sensory Bottles or Calm Down Bottles are a huge trend right now. And why not? They are
How to Get Kids Outside | 7 Ways to Raise Kids to Love the Outdoors
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How to Get Kids Outside | 7 Ways to Raise Kids to Love the Outdoors

By December 16, 2020 4
How to Get Kids Outside Today really reiterated to me that I need to get back to the outdoors and
Xfinity Internet Essentials | What is it? | How to Qualify
Disability Resources for Families

Xfinity Internet Essentials | What is it? | How to Qualify

By December 16, 2020 0
 Comcast Internet For Disabled People Many of our households can possibly benefit from this. Plus, I know I have
Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504
Don’t IEP Alone

Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504

By December 14, 2020 0
Can you Suspend a Student with an IEP? It happened again. You were at work, in the middle of…working.
IEP Progress Monitoring with Accelerated Readers? | AR Books | Reading Levels
Don’t IEP Alone

IEP Progress Monitoring with Accelerated Readers? | AR Books | Reading Levels

By December 9, 2020 0
AR Reading Levels The other day I did a post on the OG Approach and I thought that talking about
Holiday Spending | How to Control Christmas Overspending | Free Printable
Frugal Living

Holiday Spending | How to Control Christmas Overspending | Free Printable

By December 8, 2020 0
Holiday Spending Holiday spending is great. Overspending at Christmas is not. And, when you’ve had a particularly tough year,
6 Benefits of PlayDough | 10 Ways to Use PlayDough in Skill Development
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6 Benefits of PlayDough | 10 Ways to Use PlayDough in Skill Development

By December 8, 2020 1
Benefits of Playdough Play Dough is such a great thing for kids and adults. There are many ways to foster
Auditory Processing Disorder | APD | IEP Goals | Accommodations
Disability Apps and Books IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies Special Education

Auditory Processing Disorder | APD | IEP Goals | Accommodations

By December 4, 2020 0
Auditory Processing Disorder Auditory Processing Disorder is actually an umbrella term that describes various issues that affect how the brain
Amazon Echo for Disabilities | 8 Alexa Uses for Disabled People | Autism
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Amazon Echo for Disabilities | 8 Alexa Uses for Disabled People | Autism

By December 3, 2020 0
Amazon Echo for Disabled People Look, I love reading to my kids. But the thing is, it is never enough
Your Child’s Strengths | 100 Example Statements to Swipe for your IEP
Don’t IEP Alone

Your Child’s Strengths | 100 Example Statements to Swipe for your IEP

By December 3, 2020 0
Your Child’s Strengths Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting our kids’ needs met, we forget to address
Best Apps for Autism | ABA | Speech | Social Skills
Disability Apps and Books

Best Apps for Autism | ABA | Speech | Social Skills

By December 2, 2020 0
Autism Apps It’s kind of hard to remember life without tablets and smartphones, but it did exist. When the
Orton Gillingham Approach | What is it? | IEP Tips | Certification
Disability Resources for Families

Orton Gillingham Approach | What is it? | IEP Tips | Certification

By December 2, 2020 0
Orton Gillingham If your child has dyslexia or is a struggling reader, you may have had someone suggest Orton Gillingham
How to Clear the Visual Clutter | Improve Mental Health and Make Money.
Frugal Living

How to Clear the Visual Clutter | Improve Mental Health and Make Money.

By December 1, 2020 0
How I Conquer Clutter in my home. According to a recent survey, the average American home is over 2600 square feet.
Your IEP Meeting | What to Bring | What to Expect
Want Better IEP Meetings?

Your IEP Meeting | What to Bring | What to Expect

By November 30, 2020 0
What to Expect at an IEP Meeting My first IEP meeting did not go well. Well, wait. Kevin has been
Want Better IEP Meetings?

How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting | Checklist | Be a Better Advocate

By November 29, 2020 0
IEP Meetings This is a really old post that I have been meaning to update for ages. I see the
Legal Guardianship for Adults | How to Get Guardianship for Adults with Disabilities
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Legal Guardianship for Adults | How to Get Guardianship for Adults with Disabilities

By November 27, 2020 0
Guardianship of Developmentally Disabled Adults Let’s face it. This is what keeps us up at night. Nothing has a
Movie Night Ideas | 7 Themed Dinner Nights and Movie Night Themes
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Movie Night Ideas | 7 Themed Dinner Nights and Movie Night Themes

By November 27, 2020 0
Movie Night Themes With longer nights upon us, I don’t know about you but I am in full hibernation
50 Super Simple Elf Ideas with Easy to Follow Pictures | Teens too!
Holiday Fun for Everyone

50 Super Simple Elf Ideas with Easy to Follow Pictures | Teens too!

By November 25, 2020 0
Easy Elf Ideas The other morning, when I walked out into our kitchen, my 7-year-old exclaimed, “Mom! Elf is playing
What is an IEP? FAPE, explained by a Special Education Advocate.
Special Education

What is an IEP? FAPE, explained by a Special Education Advocate.

By November 17, 2020 0
IEP For as much time as I spending talking and teaching parents about IEPs, I don’t think I’ve
PA Access Card | Medicaid for Disabled Children | Understanding the PA Loophole PH 95
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PA Access Card | Medicaid for Disabled Children | Understanding the PA Loophole PH 95

By November 16, 2020 6
Medical Assistance PA When I moved from Canada to the Philadelphia area, I was a bit confused as to what
Making a Daily Routine Easy on the Kids and You | 13 Tips to Stay Sane
Disability Resources for Families

Making a Daily Routine Easy on the Kids and You | 13 Tips to Stay Sane

By November 16, 2020 0
Easy Daily Routines “Come ON! You’re going to miss the bus!” you scream up the stairs. Or, you answer
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