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{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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Best Reusable Swim Diaper | Adults | Older Kids
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Best Reusable Swim Diaper | Adults | Older Kids

By October 15, 2020 0
Swim Diaper for Adults This has been a huge struggle and colossal waste of money for us. Finding an adult
Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols |  Diaper Recommendations
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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.
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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
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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
How to Become a Special Education IEP Advocate | Salary | Certification
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How to Become a Special Education IEP Advocate | Salary | Certification

By October 14, 2020 0
Become an IEP Special Education Advocate I never intended to become a Special Education Advocate. I merely took a course
Special Education Advocate | How to Find and Hire One Near You | What We Do.
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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.
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Wine on your Own | 11 Tips for the Sober Curious
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How to Stop Drinking Wine on your Own | 11 Tips for the Sober Curious

By October 8, 2020 0
Want to Stop Drinking Wine every day? I did too. Since beginning this series three years ago, I’ve heard
How Geraldo Rivera was Important in the History of Special Education.
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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
Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies
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Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies

By October 7, 2020 0
Emotional Disturbance Emotional Disturbance Category on an IEP is one of the most misunderstood categories. In my professional opinion, it
IEP and 504 Accommodations for Online/Virtual Learning.
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IEP and 504 Accommodations for Online/Virtual Learning.

By October 6, 2020 0
Online and Virtual Learning Accommodations This came up today in our Facebook Live chat, as an OT/Sensory question. Some
Yes, a School can put IEP Parents on a Communication Plan.
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Yes, a School can put IEP Parents on a Communication Plan.

By October 6, 2020 0
Communication Plan for Parents I remember I was working with this client one time. We had held an IEP meeting,
How and When to Write to your IEP Team | IEP Letter Templates | 504
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How and When to Write to your IEP Team | IEP Letter Templates | 504

By October 6, 2020 0
How to Write a Letter to School You will definitely want to bookmark or pin this post. I have often
Special Education

What Are the 14 Categories of Disabilities? Does it Matter Which Box is Checked?

By October 5, 2020 0
14 Categories of Disabilities in IDEA There are 14 categories of disabilities listed in IDEA. Autism (and yes there is medical vs
504 Plan Accommodation Ideas for ADHD | IEP Goals
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504 Plan Accommodation Ideas for ADHD | IEP Goals

By October 5, 2020 0
IEP or 504 for ADHD? It is estimated that 5-12% of all American kids have some type of ADHD. If you
Does my child have to ride the Special Ed Bus to get Transportation on our IEP/504?
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Does my child have to ride the Special Ed Bus to get Transportation on our IEP/504?

By October 5, 2020 0
Special Education Transportation “It’s the bus. It’s always the bus!” My former supervisor used to say that so
25 Racist Microaggressions heard in IEP Meetings
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25 Racist Microaggressions heard in IEP Meetings

By October 5, 2020 0
Microaggressions Against Black IEP Students Most of you know I’m all in, as far as working harder to educate
How to Save $20 a Week.
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How to Save $20 a Week.

By October 4, 2020 0
An Extra $20 a Week? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yesterday I laid out a plan to begin stockpiling for the
How to Stockpile for the Pandemic on a budget.
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How to Stockpile for the Pandemic on a budget.

By October 3, 2020 0
Stocking Up for a Pandemic My first disclaimer is this: I am not the person taking all the toilet paper.
IEP Cover Page | Double-Check This Item on the Front Page of your Child’s IEP.
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IEP Cover Page | Double-Check This Item on the Front Page of your Child’s IEP.

By October 2, 2020 0
IEP Cover Page Imagine for a moment that you are a teacher and it’s the first day of class.
Juvenile Arthritis | 504 Plans and IEP Accommodation Ideas
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Juvenile Arthritis | 504 Plans and IEP Accommodation Ideas

By October 2, 2020 0
Juvenile Arthritis | IEP | 504 According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 300,000 American children have Juvenile Arthritis. The most common type of arthritis
5 “No Tears” Tips to Remove Medical EEG Glue from Hair.
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5 “No Tears” Tips to Remove Medical EEG Glue from Hair.

By October 1, 2020 0
Surgical and EEG Glue Removing EEG glue from your child’s hair-is there anything worse? I cannot believe that we
39 Ableist Microaggressions You Might Encounter at an IEP Meeting | Think Before You Speak!
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39 Ableist Microaggressions You Might Encounter at an IEP Meeting | Think Before You Speak!

By October 1, 2020 0
Ableist Microaggressions Microaggressions have been getting a lot more attention recently, and with good cause. It’s very easy to
Should your Child be in a Life Skills Classroom? Is that the Same as a Resource Room?
Special Education

Should your Child be in a Life Skills Classroom? Is that the Same as a Resource Room?

By September 30, 2020 0
Life Skills Classroom | Special Education Resource Room I really hate the term life skills. I mean, after all, we ALL
IEP Data Tracking | IEP Progress Monitoring, for Parents | Free IEP Goal Tracker
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IEP Data Tracking | IEP Progress Monitoring, for Parents | Free IEP Goal Tracker

By September 30, 2020 0
IEP Data Tracking IEP data tracking and progress monitoring in special education is one of the most important things about
100 Independent Functioning IEP Goals and Functional Life Skills Goals.
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

100 Independent Functioning IEP Goals and Functional Life Skills Goals.

By September 30, 2020 0
Independent Functioning IEP Goals for Life Skills Before I get started with this list of Life Skills Functional Goals for
ABA Therapy in Public Schools | How to Get ABA Therapy in your IEP.
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ABA Therapy in Public Schools | How to Get ABA Therapy in your IEP.

By September 29, 2020 0
ABA Therapy in Schools “I want my child in an ABA program.” ABA therapies are very popular (and controversial). Many
Yes! Parental Consent is Required to Change an IEP.
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Yes! Parental Consent is Required to Change an IEP.

By September 29, 2020 0
Can an IEP be changed without parental consent? For the purposes of this post, it assumes that you (parent) already
What is OHI on the IEP? | Understanding Other Health Impairments | ADHD
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What is OHI on the IEP? | Understanding Other Health Impairments | ADHD

By September 29, 2020 0
OHI on the IEP IDEA has 14 eligibility categories for an IEP. One of them is OHI. I find that OHI
What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.
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What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.

By September 28, 2020 0
What does LEA stand for? LEA is one of those special education acronyms that is more complex than it needs
Parent Training on your IEP | Yes, it’s a thing!
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Parent Training on your IEP | Yes, it’s a thing!

By September 28, 2020 0
Parent Counseling and Training on an IEP One little-known feature of IDEA is the section on parent training. Parents are
How to Rock No-Spend November | No Spend Challenge
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How to Rock No-Spend November | No Spend Challenge

By September 27, 2020 0
No-Spend Challenge Rules I have this friend. And I’m not judging, just using her as an example. But she
It was never just about Trump. (Why I won’t remain neutral or quiet.)
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It was never just about Trump. (Why I won’t remain neutral or quiet.)

By September 26, 2020 28
It’s who I am. When I was in high school in the 1980s, during the summers my friends and
5 Secrets to Grow Anything in your Hydroponic Aerogarden.
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5 Secrets to Grow Anything in your Hydroponic Aerogarden.

By September 26, 2020 0
Best Things to Grow in an Aerogarden I was an early adopter of the Aerogarden. I got one of the
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