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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
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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
{When We Last Spoke} Review | Great Family Movie for the Entire Family
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{When We Last Spoke} Review | Great Family Movie for the Entire Family

By October 22, 2020 0
When We Last Spoke Review One of the things we’ve been able to do MORE of since all this
Don’t IEP Alone Pandemic Parenting

IEP Assessments and Evaluations | Can they be done virtually? | REED

By October 22, 2020 0
Virtual/Remote IEP Assessments This issue has been coming up in the Facebook Group often. I guess this pandemic is
The Battle Fatigue of Disability Parenting.
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

The Battle Fatigue of Disability Parenting.

By October 22, 2020 0
Special Needs Mom Burnout On Tuesday, when my son came home from school, his newly revised IEP was in his
50 Best Toys for Toddlers and Kids with Autism | Sensory | Developmental Delay
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50 Best Toys for Toddlers and Kids with Autism | Sensory | Developmental Delay

By October 21, 2020 0
Best Sensory Toys for Autism This list of autism toys and gifts is great for: Developmentally Delayed Toddlers Developmentally Delayed
Special Education Classroom Observation: Rules for Parents Visiting Classrooms
Special Education

Special Education Classroom Observation: Rules for Parents Visiting Classrooms

By October 21, 2020 0
Special Education Classroom Observation “Can I observe my child’s classroom?” I’ve been hearing this one a lot lately.
25 Amazingly Awesome Dolls with Disabilities | Disability Awareness | Action Figures
Activities for Kids

25 Amazingly Awesome Dolls with Disabilities | Disability Awareness | Action Figures

By October 19, 2020 0
Dolls with Disabilities Kids need dolls and toys that resemble them. Sure, it’s great to have toys that you
After School Meltdowns | Tips for Helping your Child | IEP Ideas
Special Education

After School Meltdowns | Tips for Helping your Child | IEP Ideas

By October 19, 2020 0
Managing After School Meltdowns Sometimes I marvel at the existence of my two boys. I look at them, and both
25 Cool Gifts that Autistic and Disabled Teenagers and  Adults Actually Want | Toys
Special Education

25 Cool Gifts that Autistic and Disabled Teenagers and Adults Actually Want | Toys

By October 19, 2020 0
Gift for Disabled Teenager and Adults Teens and adults with autism and disabilities can be so hard to buy for!
Where to Get Free Letters from Santa | 2020
Holiday Fun for Everyone

Where to Get Free Letters from Santa | 2020

By October 17, 2020 0
Free Letters from Santa Claus by Mail Would your child enjoy a free mailed letter from Santa? Who wouldn’t?
Free Printable Letter to Santa | Santa Letter Template
Holiday Fun for Everyone

Free Printable Letter to Santa | Santa Letter Template

By October 17, 2020 0
Santa Letter Template When your child has a learning disability, they don’t only have the disability from 8-3 on
Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols |  Diaper Recommendations
Disability Resources for Families IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols | Diaper Recommendations

By October 15, 2020 0
Toilet Training an Older Child I am wildly passionate about kids being toilet trained if it is a possibility. I
Was Dr. Seuss a Racist? See the drawings and judge for yourself.
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Was Dr. Seuss a Racist? See the drawings and judge for yourself.

By October 15, 2020 0
Dr. Seuss was Racist. Dr. Seuss is a prolific children’s book author and global icon. And Dr. Seuss has
When you Cannot Afford an IEP Special Education Advocate or Attorney | Tips for Parents
Special Education

When you Cannot Afford an IEP Special Education Advocate or Attorney | Tips for Parents

By October 14, 2020 0
Cost of IEP Advocates/Attorneys Your child is struggling. As a mom, you’re stressed and you’re frustrated. You
Special Education Advocate | How to Find and Hire One Near You | What We Do.
Special Education

Special Education Advocate | How to Find and Hire One Near You | What We Do.

By October 14, 2020 0
IEP Special Education Advocate “$2000?!?!” my husband exclaimed. “Do we really need this for him?” “Become an IEP/Special Education Advocate!”
What is an IRLP? Individual Remote Learning Plans, explained.
Pandemic Parenting Special Education

What is an IRLP? Individual Remote Learning Plans, explained.

By October 14, 2020 0
IRLP Individual Remote Learning Plan Yesterday a blog reader asked if I could further explain IRLP. IRLP stands for Individual
Cutting the Cable Cord Options |  Will I have to give up TV and Internet?
Frugal Living

Cutting the Cable Cord Options | Will I have to give up TV and Internet?

By October 13, 2020 0
Cutting the Cable Cord Options Are you fed up with your cable TV bills? We were! And with technology, it
27 Ableist Tropes and Characters in American Movies | Examples
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

27 Ableist Tropes and Characters in American Movies | Examples

By October 13, 2020 0
Ableist Movie Tropes and Characters I think most of us would agree that if a movie calls for a Black
8 Companies that Hire Disabled Adults | Fair Wage | Inclusionary Practices
Disability Resources for Families

8 Companies that Hire Disabled Adults | Fair Wage | Inclusionary Practices

By October 12, 2020 0
Work for People with Disabilities We vote with our dollars. When you buy something, you aren’t just saying that
What is an IFSP? | A Parent Guide to Early Intervention Services | IDEA Part C
Disability Resources for Families

What is an IFSP? | A Parent Guide to Early Intervention Services | IDEA Part C

By October 12, 2020 0
Early Intervention IDEA Part C Kevin is my first born. Like many new moms with internet access, I was um,
Child Being Bullied at School? | Advocacy Tips | Legal Rights | Gebser Letter Example
Special Education

Child Being Bullied at School? | Advocacy Tips | Legal Rights | Gebser Letter Example

By October 9, 2020 0
Bullying at School Bullying at school. I hate it. It’s gross and happens everywhere-on the bus, at school. My
Parent-Teacher Conferences | What to Ask | Special Education | Distance Learning
Special Education

Parent-Teacher Conferences | What to Ask | Special Education | Distance Learning

By October 9, 2020 0
Parent-Teacher Conference Like other areas of our life, Parent-Teacher conferences can look different for a child with an IEP. A
How to Stop Drinking on your Own | Without AA or Rehab
Sober Curious Moms

How to Stop Drinking on your Own | Without AA or Rehab

By October 8, 2020 0
Want to Stop Drinking Wine every day? I did too. Since beginning this series 5 years ago, I’ve heard from
How Geraldo Rivera was Important in the History of Special Education.
Special Education

How Geraldo Rivera was Important in the History of Special Education.

By October 8, 2020 1
When was IDEA passed? IDEA was first passed in 1975 as Federal legislation. However, its history began much before that. The
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