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How to Stop Drinking Wine on your Own | 11 Tips for the Sober Curious
Sober Curious Moms

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.
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
Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies
Don’t IEP Alone

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.
Pandemic Parenting

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.
Don’t IEP Alone

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
Special Education

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
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

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?
Don’t IEP Alone

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
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

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.
Frugal Living

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.
Pandemic Parenting

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.
Don’t IEP Alone

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
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies Section 504 Plans

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.
Disability Resources for Families

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!
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

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
Special Education

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.
Don’t IEP Alone

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.
Special Education

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
Don’t IEP Alone

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.
Want Better IEP Meetings?

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!
Don’t IEP Alone

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
Frugal Living

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.)
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

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.
Frugal Living

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
25 Free Sign Language Flashcards | Getting Started in ASL | Printable ASL Cards
Disability Resources for Families

25 Free Sign Language Flashcards | Getting Started in ASL | Printable ASL Cards

By September 25, 2020 0
Basic Sign Language Maybe it’s because my kids are teens and tweens now, but I feel like I don’
Can I get an IEP in College? What to know about 504 Plan Accommodations.
Section 504 Plans

Can I get an IEP in College? What to know about 504 Plan Accommodations.

By September 24, 2020 0
IEP in College? No, there are no IEPs in college. That’s a statement of fear that I hear from
10 Free Text to Speech Apps | Voice to Text
Disability Apps and Books

10 Free Text to Speech Apps | Voice to Text

By September 24, 2020 0
Text to Speech This past year has had our kids accessing technology more than ever before. Even those who didn’
Building a Trauma-Informed IEP or 504 Plan | Goals | Accommodations
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

Building a Trauma-Informed IEP or 504 Plan | Goals | Accommodations

By September 23, 2020 0
Trauma-Informed IEPs It’s amazing how we go through life, just doing what we do, not knowing what we don’
Inference for Kids | Definition |  IEP Goals and Objectives | Resources
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

Inference for Kids | Definition | IEP Goals and Objectives | Resources

By September 22, 2020 0
Inference Definition for Kids “Mommy, is that Lady Gaga?” When my youngest was a toddler, he LOVED Lady Gaga. I
Community-Based Instruction CBI | IEP Goals | Data Collection
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

Community-Based Instruction CBI | IEP Goals | Data Collection

By September 22, 2020 0
CBI on your IEP Since my son has had CBI on his IEP for almost a decade, I can always
Understanding Severe Discrepancy vs RTI Models, for Parents.
Special Education

Understanding Severe Discrepancy vs RTI Models, for Parents.

By September 21, 2020 0
Severe Discrepancy Model You can file this under “the knowledge base I wish I didn’t have to have.” But
How to Host a Trunk-or-Treat (and save Halloween in the age of COVID!)
Pandemic Parenting

How to Host a Trunk-or-Treat (and save Halloween in the age of COVID!)

By September 20, 2020 0
Will Trunk or Treat Save Halloween? Trunk or Treating is a growing trend that has been popping up around the
How Fantasy Football Can Teach Executive Functioning Skills.
Activities for Kids

How Fantasy Football Can Teach Executive Functioning Skills.

By September 19, 2020 0
Learning Executive Functioning Skills My husband has been in a family Fantasy Football league for several years. In recent years,
23 Accommodations to Include in your 504 Plan for Food Allergies.
Section 504 Plans

23 Accommodations to Include in your 504 Plan for Food Allergies.

By September 18, 2020 0
504 Plans for Food Allergies On this website, you will find many articles that discuss the overuse of 504 plans. They were
Why I left Flodesk and went back to Mad Mimi.
Frugal Living

Why I left Flodesk and went back to Mad Mimi.

By September 17, 2020 4
It was too good to be true. Running a blog and all that goes with it takes much more time
9 Essential Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home During COVID-19.
Pandemic Parenting

9 Essential Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home During COVID-19.

By September 17, 2020 0
Will your distance learning be successful? As we face the reality of having to do long-distance learning with our children
5 Ideas for a Safe and Fun Halloween during the Pandemic.
Pandemic Parenting

5 Ideas for a Safe and Fun Halloween during the Pandemic.

By September 16, 2020 0
Halloween Looks Different this year! No matter how you like to celebrate Halloween, there is no denying that it is
40 Sample IEP Counseling Goals | IEP Counseling Related Services
IEP Goals, Accommodations and Strategies

40 Sample IEP Counseling Goals | IEP Counseling Related Services

By September 15, 2020 0
Should your Child Have Counseling IEP Goals? Student counseling is listed as a Related Service in IDEA. Actually, Parent Counseling
Race and Representation in Children’s Literature | Recommended Reading List
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

Race and Representation in Children’s Literature | Recommended Reading List

By September 14, 2020 0
Today I had the pleasure of doing a Facebook Live Chat with Pam Margolis. We talked about race and representation
IEP Laws and Regulations for all 50 States | Spreadsheet with Links
Special Education

IEP Laws and Regulations for all 50 States | Spreadsheet with Links

By September 13, 2020 0
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Several years ago, I was at a fundraiser. It was for an agency that
7 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Kids with Autism | ADHD | Anxiety
Disability Resources for Families

7 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Kids with Autism | ADHD | Anxiety

By September 11, 2020 0
Best Noise Cancelling Headphones The world is a noisy place. Heck, sometimes I wish I had noise-cancelling headphones. But if
How To Write a Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP that Gets Noticed | Templates
Don’t IEP Alone

How To Write a Parent Concerns Letter for your IEP that Gets Noticed | Templates

By September 9, 2020 0
How to Write IEP Parent Concerns. I’m going to wag my finger at you–from this day forward, you
Trick-or-Treating in the Age of COVID-19 | Free Printable Checklist
Pandemic Parenting

Trick-or-Treating in the Age of COVID-19 | Free Printable Checklist

By September 9, 2020 0
COVID-19 and Halloween If there is one thing that doesn’t get canceled this Halloween season, I hope it’s
Back to School 2020 with an IEP | Q and A with Attorney Laura Heneghan.
Pandemic Parenting

Back to School 2020 with an IEP | Q and A with Attorney Laura Heneghan.

By August 31, 2020 0
Back to School With an IEP I’m sorry that it took me almost a month to get this video
8 Unusual and Educational Board Games for Older Kids
Activities for Kids

8 Unusual and Educational Board Games for Older Kids

By August 19, 2020 0
Educational Board Games Board games are a great way for children to learn skills without even realizing that they’re
8 Ways the Special Education System Really is Stacked Against Parents.
Acceptance, Advocacy and Activism

8 Ways the Special Education System Really is Stacked Against Parents.

By August 18, 2020 25
8 Ways the Special Education System Really is Stacked Against Parents. The special education system is stacked against parents. It’s
Understanding Common IEP Assessments | IEP Eligibility
Don’t IEP Alone

Understanding Common IEP Assessments | IEP Eligibility

By August 17, 2020 0
For me, both as a Special Education Advocate and a Parent, I find the hardest part of the IEP process
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