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

By June 7, 2021 0
How to tell when you have a crappy IEP. I’ve attended more IEP meetings than I can count. Or
Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea {and it’s free!} 2021
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Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea {and it’s free!} 2021

By June 7, 2021 0
Father’s Day Gift Idea | DIY | Free Hey, who needs a Father’s Day gift idea? Tell me I’m
30 Book Challenge for Kids of All Ages | How to Make it Successful
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30 Book Challenge for Kids of All Ages | How to Make it Successful

By May 30, 2021 0
30 Book Challenge My son hates to read. Nope, no dyslexia or ADHD. He’s actually several years ahead in all
How to Understand your Child’s IEP Evaluations | Common IEP Assessments | IEP Eligibility
Don’t IEP Alone

How to Understand your Child’s IEP Evaluations | Common IEP Assessments | IEP Eligibility

By May 24, 2021 0
Interpreting IEP Evaluations For me, both as a Special Education Advocate and a Parent, I find the hardest part of
How to Have your Best Day Ever at Sesame Place.
Disability and Sensory Friendly Travel

How to Have your Best Day Ever at Sesame Place.

By May 17, 2021 0
Sesame Place Travel Tips Let’s be honest. Sesame Place is an expensive outing and chances are, a special occasion
8 Easy-to-Grow Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Frugal Living

8 Easy-to-Grow Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

By May 16, 2021 0
Plants that Repel Mosquitoes from your Yard So if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know
Lockdown Losses | Recovering Lost Speech and Language Skills
Pandemic Parenting

Lockdown Losses | Recovering Lost Speech and Language Skills

By May 16, 2021 0
Skills Lost or Delayed During Lockdown A recent study of over 50,000 preschoolers in England showed that current 4 and 5-year-olds are
How to Successfully Rescue Plants You Find on Clearance
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How to Successfully Rescue Plants You Find on Clearance

By May 10, 2021 0
How to Rescue Clearance Plants Finding and rescuing clearance plants or plants that have already found their way to the
The Extraordinary Burden of IEPs on Moms.
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

The Extraordinary Burden of IEPs on Moms.

By May 8, 2021 0
The Extraordinary Burden of IEPs on Moms “Is it getting worse?” I sighed. Then nodded. “It is.” I was at
How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Child With A Disability?
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How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Child With A Disability?

By May 7, 2021 0
Parenting a Disabled Child This has been an issue that’s been on my mind lately due to a few
Fidget Toys | Where to Buy Cheap Fidget Toys for School 2021
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Fidget Toys | Where to Buy Cheap Fidget Toys for School 2021

By May 6, 2021 0
Fidget Toys I recently participated in a local consignment sale. My youngest son had quite the collection of fidget spinners.
9 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Physically Active | Fun Physical Activities for Kids at Home
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9 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Physically Active | Fun Physical Activities for Kids at Home

By May 3, 2021 0
Physical Activity for Kids Being physically active is important for all ages, kids included. Do you have kids who drag
Ableism and Autism | When Autism Moms are the Worst Ableist Parents
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Ableism and Autism | When Autism Moms are the Worst Ableist Parents

By May 3, 2021 0
Ableism and Ableist Autism Moms I am just steamed this morning. Nothing like waking up to see 250k special needs
The 50 Best Trader Joe’s Products you need right now.
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The 50 Best Trader Joe’s Products you need right now.

By May 2, 2021 17
Best Trader Joe’s Products Are you overwhelmed when you go to Trader Joe’s? Like you hear all these
Traveling with A Disabled Child | How to Properly Prepare for your Adventure!
Disability and Sensory Friendly Travel

Traveling with A Disabled Child | How to Properly Prepare for your Adventure!

By May 1, 2021 0
Special Needs Travel “You should go!” I was on the phone with a friend, because there was no texting or
Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts for 2021 | Inexpensive | Thoughtful | Useful
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Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts for 2021 | Inexpensive | Thoughtful | Useful

By May 1, 2021 2
Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas Some years, my son’s team is as large as 15 or 16 people. Sure, they’re not
Bird Watching for Kids | Free Bird Watching Journal and Activities for all Ages
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Bird Watching for Kids | Free Bird Watching Journal and Activities for all Ages

By May 1, 2021 0
Bird Watching Activities for Kids Calling all bird nerds! Here is a huge list of Backyard Bird feeders and bird
What are Dolch Sight Words? | List | Printable Worksheets | Teaching
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What are Dolch Sight Words? | List | Printable Worksheets | Teaching

By April 30, 2021 0
Dolch Sight Words In 1936, Edward William Dolch published his list of what he called “Sight Words.” Dolch, an advocate of
Best Accessible Beaches & Beach Wheelchair Rentals  | Delaware | NJ
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Best Accessible Beaches & Beach Wheelchair Rentals | Delaware | NJ

By April 29, 2021 0
Wheelchair Accessible Beaches As I am sitting here putting together this post, it is 90 degrees, sunny and humid outside (and
13 Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids | 2021 | Printable Reading Logs
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13 Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids | 2021 | Printable Reading Logs

By April 27, 2021 0
FREE Summer Reading Programs Ah summer. I’m already daydreaming about it. But, as any teacher will tell you–students
What is Written Expression?
Special Education

What is Written Expression?

By April 27, 2021 0
Written Expression Writing is not a simple task. It involves a complex process of using and coordinating various cognitive processes.
20 Parent Communication Log Templates |  Free Parent-Teacher Daily Communication Sheets
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20 Parent Communication Log Templates | Free Parent-Teacher Daily Communication Sheets

By April 26, 2021 0
Parent Communication Log One common method of parent-teacher communication is the use of a daily home to school communication log.
How To Ask for COVID IEP Compensatory Services | ESY
Pandemic Parenting

How To Ask for COVID IEP Compensatory Services | ESY

By April 22, 2021 0
IEP Compensatory Services Wow, we have so much to think about. For schools being closed for 3 months, (ha! 3 months, I
How to Become a Special Education Advocate | IEP Advocacy Training
Don’t IEP Alone

How to Become a Special Education Advocate | IEP Advocacy Training

By April 21, 2021 0
Become an IEP Special Education Advocate I never intended to become a Special Education Advocate. I merely took a course
Do IEPs Transfer? Can We Stay In The Same School If We Move? FAQs About School And Moving
Don’t IEP Alone

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

By April 16, 2021 0
School, IEPs And Moving To A Different School/State Families move. It happens. Jobs, marriage, divorce, lots of reasons. The
How to Get Started with an IEP For Your Child.
Don’t IEP Alone

How to Get Started with an IEP For Your Child.

By April 16, 2021 0
Getting Started in the World of IEPs IEP stands for Individual Education Plan. It is just what it says. Children
What is an IEP?
Special Education

What is an IEP?

By April 16, 2021 0
IEP For as much time as I spending talking and teaching parents about IEPs, I don’t think I’ve
Best Reusable Swim Diaper | Adults | Older Kids
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Best Reusable Swim Diaper | Adults | Older Kids

By April 15, 2021 0
Swim Diaper for Adults This has been a huge struggle and colossal waste of money for us. Finding an adult
Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.
Don’t IEP Alone

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

By April 11, 2021 0
Important items that must be on your child’s IEP. “I got a call to pick up my daughter today
30 IEP Goals for Handwriting | OT Goals | Fine Motor | Fluency
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

30 IEP Goals for Handwriting | OT Goals | Fine Motor | Fluency

By April 9, 2021 0
Handwriting Skills for Students When a child lacks a skill, you either teach the skill or make accommodations for the
9 Clever (and fun!) at-home summer camp ideas and Themes |  2021
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9 Clever (and fun!) at-home summer camp ideas and Themes | 2021

By April 4, 2021 0
How to Run a Summer Camp at Home Well, here we are. My son has been out of school for 2
Have the Best Summer Ever with This Fun Bucket List for Kids  | 2021
Activities for Kids

Have the Best Summer Ever with This Fun Bucket List for Kids | 2021

By April 1, 2021 0
Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids I’m so glad you clicked! I am so tired of seeing summer bucket
What is An IEP Vocational Assessment | An Important Part of IEP Transition
Special Education

What is An IEP Vocational Assessment | An Important Part of IEP Transition

By March 24, 2021 0
IEP Vocational Assessment “She likes to braid hair.” Several years ago, I was an Educational Surrogate for a teen in
Low Tech Assistive Technology | Examples | Communication | Ideas | Reading and Writing
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Low Tech Assistive Technology | Examples | Communication | Ideas | Reading and Writing

By March 22, 2021 0
Low Tech Assistive Technology If I say the words “assistive technology,” what comes to mind? An iPad with autism apps?
Autism, ADHD, and Sleep Issues | Best Tips for Everyone to Get a Good Night’s Rest
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Autism, ADHD, and Sleep Issues | Best Tips for Everyone to Get a Good Night’s Rest

By March 12, 2021 0
Autism, ADHD, and Sleep Raise your hand if you’re a huge fan of sleep. [raises hand wildly] I have
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
Amazon FreeTime is Now Amazon Kids+ |  What to Know Before you Sign Up | Is it free? What does It Cost?
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Amazon FreeTime is Now Amazon Kids+ | 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
Don’t IEP Alone

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
Don’t IEP Alone

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
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