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How to Clear the Visual Clutter | Improve Mental Health and Make Money.
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
8 Benefits of LEGO | Best LEGO Sets for Creativity | LEGO Without Instructions
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8 Benefits of LEGO | Best LEGO Sets for Creativity | LEGO Without Instructions

By November 15, 2020 0
Benefits of LEGO Lego bricks are an excellent way to encourage creativity in our kids. You can purchase Lego bricks
Christmas Tree Worksheet | ASL Printable Worksheet | Matching | Free
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Christmas Tree Worksheet | ASL Printable Worksheet | Matching | Free

By November 15, 2020 0
Free Christmas Tree Printable for Kids! How super cute is this ASL Christmas Tree Worksheet?! This is the best free
25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Disability | Wheelchair | Sensory | Service Dog
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25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Disability | Wheelchair | Sensory | Service Dog

By November 14, 2020 0
Wheelchair and Hospital Elf Ideas I’ll admit, when Elf first came out, I loved him. Then I hated him.
Free All About Me Worksheet | Template | Printable | PDF
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Free All About Me Worksheet | Template | Printable | PDF

By November 13, 2020 0
All About Me Worksheet Sending any young child out into the world is scary. Meeting new teachers can be nerve-wracking
37 Measurable IEP Goals for Functional Money Skills.
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

37 Measurable IEP Goals for Functional Money Skills.

By November 13, 2020 0
Functional Money Skills Remember when we were little, and we thought nickels were worth more than dimes, just because they
IEP at a Glance Template | Free | Printable | Editable
Special Education

IEP at a Glance Template | Free | Printable | Editable

By November 12, 2020 0
IEP at a Glance When I was a special educator in Maryland, we provided an IEP Snapshot to all of
Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms Near Me | Maryland
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Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms Near Me | Maryland

By November 12, 2020 0
Fun Farms to Visit in Maryland We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in particular.
Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms Near Me | Delaware
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Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms Near Me | Delaware

By November 12, 2020 0
Fun Farms to Visit in Delaware We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in particular.
Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms Near Me | Pennsylvania | Philadelphia area
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Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms Near Me | Pennsylvania | Philadelphia area

By November 12, 2020 0
Farms Near Me for Kids to Visit We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in
50 Awesome Non-Candy Advent Calendars | Teens | 2020
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50 Awesome Non-Candy Advent Calendars | Teens | 2020

By November 10, 2020 0
Non-Candy Advent Calendars I am so done with candy. I feel like from Halloween to Easter, it’s a non-stop
25 Free Christmas Apps | Games | Music | Hallmark | Kids 2020
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25 Free Christmas Apps | Games | Music | Hallmark | Kids 2020

By November 6, 2020 5
Free Christmas Apps Are you looking for Christmas apps that are both fun and educational? Well, I was and found
Have a Zero Waste Christmas | Gifts | Tree | Kids | Ideas
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Have a Zero Waste Christmas | Gifts | Tree | Kids | Ideas

By November 6, 2020 0
Zero Waste Christmas Ideas I’m sad that we’re not going to see some family members this Christmas. But
Raising Charitable Children | 6 Ways to Raise a Socially Aware Child
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Raising Charitable Children | 6 Ways to Raise a Socially Aware Child

By November 4, 2020 2
Tips for Raising a Socially Conscious Child I started discussing being charitable last holiday season. My son was then three
When to Worry about the Flu | Flu Warning Signs in Kids | Tips from Aria Health
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When to Worry about the Flu | Flu Warning Signs in Kids | Tips from Aria Health

By November 3, 2020 0
Flu Warning Signs Extra worries about the flu this year, right? But so far, due to social distancing, flu numbers
My Child is Newly Diagnosed with a Disability | Now what?
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My Child is Newly Diagnosed with a Disability | Now what?

By November 3, 2020 0
For the Newly Diagnosed With a Disability. Welcome! None of us expected to be here, but here we are. And
How Long Can a Child be on a School Bus? + Tips for IEP Issues.
Special Education

How Long Can a Child be on a School Bus? + Tips for IEP Issues.

By November 3, 2020 0
Maximum Length of School Bus Ride Did you know that some school students, particularly those in rural areas such as
Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples
Special Education

Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples

By November 2, 2020 0
Manifestation Determination Speaking to you as a parent, I hope that you never have to know what a Manifestation Determination
23 Books about Siblings with Disabilities | Autism | Down Syndrome
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23 Books about Siblings with Disabilities | Autism | Down Syndrome

By November 1, 2020 0
Books About Siblings of Special Needs Children Yesterday was not a great day. It wasn’t terrible, just not great.
Best Christmas Tree Farms | Delaware | Prices | 2020
Holiday Fun for Everyone

Best Christmas Tree Farms | Delaware | Prices | 2020

By November 1, 2020 0
Christmas Tree Farms in Delaware There is just something about the smell of a fresh real tree in your home
Best Christmas Tree Farms in PA | Cut Your Own | Prices | 2020
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Best Christmas Tree Farms in PA | Cut Your Own | Prices | 2020

By November 1, 2020 0
Christmas Tree Farms in PA If you are planning a traditional holiday season, then you’ll want to know more
Best Christmas Tree Farms | New Jersey | Prices | 2020
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Best Christmas Tree Farms | New Jersey | Prices | 2020

By November 1, 2020 0
Christmas Tree Farm NJ New Jersey may be a small state, but it packs a ton of great Christmas tree
Adaptive Clothing |  Special Needs | Adults | Kids | Abdominal Access and More
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Adaptive Clothing | Special Needs | Adults | Kids | Abdominal Access and More

By October 30, 2020 0
Special Needs Adaptive Clothing Accessible and Adaptive Clothing for kids and adults with Special Needs is really having a moment,
When does an IEP end? IEP Age Range
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When does an IEP end? IEP Age Range

By October 30, 2020 0
When does an IEP end? When does an IEP end? How do you end an IEP? What is the IEP
What are IEP Related Services in Special Education | Definition | Eligibility
Special Education

What are IEP Related Services in Special Education | Definition | Eligibility

By October 30, 2020 0
What are Related Services? According to IDEA, these are the related services in Special Education. audiology counseling services early identification
When your IEP Team says, “We don’t do that here.” | Next Steps for Parents
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When your IEP Team says, “We don’t do that here.” | Next Steps for Parents

By October 29, 2020 0
We don’t do that here. I got two inquiries recently that are very similar. Both parents asked for something
What Parents Want New Special Education Professionals to Know
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What Parents Want New Special Education Professionals to Know

By October 29, 2020 0
What IEP Parents Want You to Know A few weeks ago, a newish teacher tweeted at me. She asked what
How Long Does the School Have to Respond to an IEP Meeting Request? What about an Emergency?
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How Long Does the School Have to Respond to an IEP Meeting Request? What about an Emergency?

By October 28, 2020 0
Parent Request for IEP Meeting Timeline IDEA does not define this. Some state special education regulations have set a time
Special Education Timelines | When Should the School Respond to IEP Requests or Evals?
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Special Education Timelines | When Should the School Respond to IEP Requests or Evals?

By October 28, 2020 0
IEP Timelines How long does a school have to: respond to IEP email? schedule an IEP meeting? evaluate my child?
Requesting an IEP Meeting |  Who | How | Letter Templates
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Requesting an IEP Meeting | Who | How | Letter Templates

By October 28, 2020 0
How to Request an IEP Meeting This one should be filed under “blog posts I never thought I’d have
What to Do if you Disagree with your IEP Team about Goals.
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What to Do if you Disagree with your IEP Team about Goals.

By October 27, 2020 0
I don’t want that IEP goal. I know I’ve told the story several times. The story of my
Why Every Parent Should Get Involved in Special Education Lobbying | IDEA Re-Authorization
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Why Every Parent Should Get Involved in Special Education Lobbying | IDEA Re-Authorization

By October 27, 2020 0
Citizen and Parent Advocacy I think we’re in this for the long haul. I wrote this right after the 2016
What if an IEP Goal is not Met?
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What if an IEP Goal is not Met?

By October 27, 2020 0
What happens if your child does not meet their IEP goals? Ah, progress monitoring. I find it to be one
How to Build a Meaningful IEP for Autism | Goals | Sample
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How to Build a Meaningful IEP for Autism | Goals | Sample

By October 27, 2020 0
IEP for Autism For almost 10 years, readers have been asking me questions about an IEP and autism. It’s quite
Educational Autism | What’s the difference between a Medical and a School Diagnosis of Autism?
Special Education

Educational Autism | What’s the difference between a Medical and a School Diagnosis of Autism?

By October 26, 2020 0
Educational Autism I’m sure if this has happened to you, it sure felt like a gaslighting moment. You have
4 Phrases that Create more Chaos than Cooperation in IEPs.
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4 Phrases that Create more Chaos than Cooperation in IEPs.

By October 26, 2020 0
Confusing Legal IEP Terms There are some words in the IEP process that seem to create more chaos than cooperation.
{FAPE Waivers} Should Parents Sign Them?  | Special Education
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{FAPE Waivers} Should Parents Sign Them? | Special Education

By October 26, 2020 0
FAPE Special Education? “My district wants me to sign away FAPE! Why would I do that?!?!” I often get emails
57 Functional Communication IEP Goals | Transition | Vocation | Recreation
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

57 Functional Communication IEP Goals | Transition | Vocation | Recreation

By October 26, 2020 0
Functional Communication Goals One of the biggest obstacles that some IEP students have is lack of appropriate, functional communication. A
How to Prevent and Get Out of Truancy Charges | IEP | 504
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How to Prevent and Get Out of Truancy Charges | IEP | 504

By October 25, 2020 0
School Truancy I looked at the mom/client sitting next to me in at truancy court, and gave her hand
Should I Bring Food to the IEP Meeting? | Pros and Cons
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Should I Bring Food to the IEP Meeting? | Pros and Cons

By October 25, 2020 4
Should I bring donuts to the IEP meeting? I understand you want to be nice. You want to be the “
Are You Being Gaslighted at School or IEP Meetings? {Spoiler Alert: Probably!}
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Are You Being Gaslighted at School or IEP Meetings? {Spoiler Alert: Probably!}

By October 25, 2020 0
Gaslighting at School I remember the first time I was gaslighted at an IEP meeting. It probably wasn’t the
What to Wear to a Parent Teacher Conference or IEP Meeting
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What to Wear to a Parent Teacher Conference or IEP Meeting

By October 25, 2020 0
Does it matter what you wear to an IEP meeting? Yes. “I have an IEP meeting tomorrow, should I dress
{Study Skills} IEP Goals | Accommodations |  Note Taking
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

{Study Skills} IEP Goals | Accommodations | Note Taking

By October 23, 2020 0
Organization/Study Skills IEP Goals I’m a good learner, but I’m terrible at studying. Always have been. Other
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