Learn Colors in ASL with these Free Sign Language Colors Printables

Learn Colors in ASL with these Free Sign Language Colors Printables

Colors in ASL If you are trying to learn sign language, learning clusters or groups of words is a great way to start. Many people start with numbers in ASL, or fingerspelling. But learning common ASL words and practicing them throughout the day is a great way to build up your ASL vocabulary. The great…

Interoception and your IEP: How to Improve Interoceptive Skills

Interoception and your IEP: How to Improve Interoceptive Skills

Interoception and Interoceptive Skills Several years ago, I took my boys up to my Dad’s house. Kevin just walked into the room where we were, stood in the middle, and started vomiting. Since he doesn’t vomit often, he was upset by this and started shaking his head. It was like a vomit sprinkler. If that…

20 Best Christmas Books for Tweens, Teens, and Middle Schoolers for 2022

20 Best Christmas Books for Tweens, Teens, and Middle Schoolers for 2022

Best Christmas Books for Teens and Middle Schoolers 20 minutes a day! That has been browbeaten into me ever since I was pregnant. I loved it when they were small. But at this busy time of year, it can be tough to carve out even 20 minutes. That’s why I loved doing a Christmas book…

25 Disabled Elf on the Shelf Ideas (Autism, Wheelchair, Hospital)

25 Disabled Elf on the Shelf Ideas (Autism, Wheelchair, Hospital)

Wheelchair and Hospital Elf Ideas I’ll admit, when Elf first came out, I loved him. Then I hated him. Well, not him, but I hated how competitive it was on social media. Seemed like every mom was trying to outdo all her friends with crazy Elf ideas. Now we’re back to loving our Elf on…

25  Best Gifts that Autistic and Disabled Teenagers and Adults Actually Want | 2022

25 Best Gifts that Autistic and Disabled Teenagers and Adults Actually Want | 2022

Gift for Disabled Teenager and Adults Teens and adults with autism and disabilities can be so hard to buy for! This post was crowd sourced from my friends and from members of our Facebook Group and what I could pull from Twitter. If you are buying a gift for autistic adults or a gift for…

I Don’t Need You to Tell Me How to Feel about Parenting a Disabled Child.

I Don’t Need You to Tell Me How to Feel about Parenting a Disabled Child.

Parenting a Disabled Child This might be the biggest decision you’ll ever make as a parent. I’m talking about the decision to be happy. No, no, really, stick with me here. I know what you’re thinking. “All this deciding to be happy stuff is bullshit.” I used to think that too. But try it from…

Are There Different Levels of Dyscalculia?

Are There Different Levels of Dyscalculia?

Levels of Dyscalculia Dyscalculia is a condition that makes it difficult for people to understand math. Those with dyscalculia may find it challenging to solve mathematical problems, even if they seemingly enjoy the topic and concepts. Dyscalculia is one of the “Four Ds” as they are called-dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia. In severe cases, dyscalculia…

Atlantic City Airshow Viewing: 10 Tips for Watching, including Practice Day

Atlantic City Airshow Viewing: 10 Tips for Watching, including Practice Day

Should you go the Atlantic City Airshow? In a word, absolutely! We just got back from our 3rd or 4th time attending the Atlantic City Airshow and I am already counting down the days until next year. This year, we did something different. We attended the Atlantic City Airshow practice instead of the airshow. More…

Not All Hand Flapping is Autism | The Case for Stimming

Not All Hand Flapping is Autism | The Case for Stimming

Hand Flapping when Excited That is not Autism Let’s just get this out there–everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY stims. Yes, we all do it. But what it looks like for each person is different. Hand flapping is just one type of stim behavior. But since everybody stims, not every stim behavior is autism or sensory…

IEP Present Levels of Performance PLOP | Examples | Checklist

IEP Present Levels of Performance PLOP | Examples | Checklist

IEP Present Levels Ask almost any Special Education Advocate, and they’ll tell you that Present Levels is the most important section of the IEP. Present Levels has several corresponding Special Education Acronyms, depending on what your school or state uses. PL Present Levels PLOP Present Levels of Performance PLP Present Levels of Performance PLAAFP Present…

What’s the Difference Between an IEP and a 504 Plan?
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What’s the Difference Between an IEP and a 504 Plan?

504 Plan vs IEP Quite often, parents in our Facebook group will ask what is the difference between an IEP and a 504? Some schools will try to push the family toward a 504 plan instead of an IEP, some will even suggest that the student get both an IEP and a 504. So what…

504 Accommodations for ADHD | Or should you get an IEP for ADHD?

504 Accommodations for ADHD | Or should you get an IEP for ADHD?

504 Plan ADHD It is estimated that 5-12% of all American kids have some type of ADHD. If you found this Accommodations Guide, chances are you have a child or student with ADHD. So I’m not going to go into the different types of ADHD and all that. This is going to focus on understanding…

Why a Doctor’s Note is not the IEP Slam Dunk you Think it is.

Why a Doctor’s Note is not the IEP Slam Dunk you Think it is.

Do IEP Teams have to honor Doctors’ Notes? I won’t ever forget the interaction I had with one of Kevin’s neurologists. We had a regular appointment/checkup. And he was a baby, like 2 years old. We knew he was autistic and I wanted him in an ABA program. The neurologist said to me, “Just tell…

Teacher Shortages 2022 | How the Staffing Crisis is affecting your IEP | What to Do

Teacher Shortages 2022 | How the Staffing Crisis is affecting your IEP | What to Do

Teacher Shortages I genuinely cannot believe that this story is not getting more press coverage. I just happened upon it while doing research for another project. According to my state’s Dept of Ed website, in 2010, the state was certifying about 17,000 teachers each year. For the 2016/17 school year, that number has plummeted to…

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

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

Inference Definition for Kids “Mommy, is that Lady Gaga?” When my youngest was a toddler, he LOVED Lady Gaga. I have no idea why or where it came from, but he did. He would ask me to put videos of her on my computer. So, when we were watching the Super Bowl one year, the…

Can Schools Only Offer a Virtual IEP Meeting instead of In Person? | Sample Virtual IEP Meeting Agenda

Can Schools Only Offer a Virtual IEP Meeting instead of In Person? | Sample Virtual IEP Meeting Agenda

Virtual IEP Meetings In the first quarter of 2020, we had no idea how much our lives were going to change. Not just for the next couple of years, but forever in some instances. I mean, will you ever eat birthday cake that someone blew on? Eeeuwww, I won’t. Restaurants got better at takeout and…

What Are the 14 IDEA Disability Categories? Does it Matter Which Box is Checked?

What Are the 14 IDEA Disability Categories? Does it Matter Which Box is Checked?

14 Categories of Disabilities in IDEA There are 14 categories of disabilities listed in IDEA. Autism Deaf-blindness Deafness Developmental delay (DD) Emotional disturbance (ED) Hearing impairment Intellectual disability Multiple disabilities (MDS) Orthopedic impairment Other health impairment (OHI) Specific learning disability (SLD) Speech or language impairment Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Visual impairment, including blindness I can’t…

Is “Special Needs” Offensive? The new term to say instead of Special Needs.

Is “Special Needs” Offensive? The new term to say instead of Special Needs.

Special Needs vs. Disability Several months ago, I did a blog post about People First Language, and why it shouldn’t be mandated. Certainly not by non-disabled people. At the end of that post, I said this: Up next: I’ll be tackling “special needs.” Because that vernacular is seeing a shift too. Stay tuned.  Because many people…

What is Phonemic Awareness? | IEP Assessments | 5 Fun Effective Strategies for Parents

What is Phonemic Awareness? | IEP Assessments | 5 Fun Effective Strategies for Parents

Phonemic Awareness The other day, my 13-year-old sports son fan and I had a short but confusing discussion. I knew he was looking at a sports-something on Instagram, and it was the first day of NBA free agency. “Mom, what does resigned mean?” I explained to him that it means to quit, as in quitting…

10 Best Fidget Toys | Where to Buy Cheap Fidget Toys for School 2022

10 Best Fidget Toys | Where to Buy Cheap Fidget Toys for School 2022

Best Fidget Toys I recently participated in a local consignment sale. My youngest son had quite the collection of fidget spinners. That was a short-lived trend, wasn’t it? I’m kinda glad it’s over. For him, anyway. But, for some kids with ADHD, Fidget Spinners and Fidget Toys are therapeutic. I just hope that the trend…

20 Best Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms | PA | Philadelphia | DE | MD

20 Best Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms | PA | Philadelphia | DE | MD

Farms Near Me for Kids to Visit We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in particular. There are many local farms and animal farms to visit with children in Pennsylvania. I think I have taken my kids to visit every farm on this list! With the pandemic, make sure you…

How to Build a Meaningful IEP for Autism | Autism IEP Goals | Sample IEP for Autism

How to Build a Meaningful IEP for Autism | Autism IEP Goals | Sample IEP for Autism

IEP for Autism For almost 10 years, readers have been asking me questions about an IEP and autism. It’s quite common in our Facebook group to have a Mom pop in and say “We were just told we were getting an IEP for autism, what should I ask for?” For 10 years, I have resisted…

10 Common Q&A about Private Schools and IEPs | Special Education

10 Common Q&A about Private Schools and IEPs | Special Education

Private Schools and IEPs This topic makes me sad. Because it’s so super deflating for parents. Many times, attending a private school is a tradition for families. Then, they have a child who requires an IEP. That brings on their private school reality check, as far as private schools and IEPs and special education. So…

Due Process Hearing in Special Education | 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer

Due Process Hearing in Special Education | 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer

Can you Win a Due Process Hearing without a lawyer? We’d do anything for our kids. Anything. And since some of us have been dealt a less than a favorable hand, that can mean doing battle with your school district over what type of education your child receives. And sometimes that battle leaves us no…

How to Get a 1:1 Aide/Para added to your child’s IEP.

How to Get a 1:1 Aide/Para added to your child’s IEP.

Guidelines and Justification for a 1:1 Aide/Para on an IEP. Some schools call them 1:1 aides, some call them paraprofessionals. Here in my state, we call them PCAs. Yes, another special education acronym. But, regardless of what your state calls it, you landed here because you think that your child needs a 1:1 during the…

40 IEP Transition Goals for Students on the Path to Postsecondary | Jobs

40 IEP Transition Goals for Students on the Path to Postsecondary | Jobs

IEP Transition Goals for Postsecondary or Job I was leery of how I could use the word “postsecondary” and not create any confusion. To be clear, there are no IEPs in college. A student can get a 504 plan, but is not entitled to special education in college. But, it certainly is a realistic goal…

30 IEP Goals Addressing Sexual Relationships

30 IEP Goals Addressing Sexual Relationships

Sexual Relationship IEP Goals Sexual relationships are a part of every adult’s life. Whether or not we want to think about it or talk about it, we must. If you are expecting that your disabled child will live independently, this is something they likely will encounter–sexual urges and the opportunity to act upon them. Have…

50 IEP Goals for Safety and Community Participation

50 IEP Goals for Safety and Community Participation

Personal Safety and Community Participation Originally, I had this giant article with a list of over 300 independent living skills. Many of you, teachers and parents, said it was too overwhelming. So, I’m breaking it down. This way, teachers and parents can use it as a guide for what their child needs to be independent…

42 IEP Goals for Personal Hygiene and Medications | Menstruation

42 IEP Goals for Personal Hygiene and Medications | Menstruation

Personal Hygiene IEP Goals Personal hygiene skills is something that many of us take for granted. If you do not pick up on social cues, and your interoception is different because of your neurodivergence, you may not notice these things. But, others will! That’s for sure. And some things, like managing your medication, can be…

41 Independent Living Skills and IEP Goals | Shopping and Banking

41 Independent Living Skills and IEP Goals | Shopping and Banking

Shopping and Banking Independent Living Skills Originally, I had this giant article with a list of over 300 independent living skills. Many of you, teachers and parents, said it was too overwhelming. So, I’m breaking it down. This way, teachers and parents can use it as a guide for what their child needs to be…

50 IEP Goals for Independent Living Skills | Transportation | Renting

50 IEP Goals for Independent Living Skills | Transportation | Renting

Transition IEP Goals We all want our kids to live as independently as possible. Sometimes when I think about it, I kinda can’t believe that my Dad just dropped me off somewhere 150 miles away and expected me to figure it out. They never gave me any instruction, just expected me to learn by watching….

100 Functional Life Skills IEP Goals | Independent Functioning

100 Functional Life Skills IEP Goals | Independent Functioning

Independent Functioning IEP Goals for Life Skills Before I get started with this list of Life Skills Functional Goals for an IEP, I want to make one thing clear. That is, remember, IEPs are all about the “I.” Any student who has life skills listed as an area of need can have life skills IEP…

5 Strategies to Advocate for Persons with Mental Health Issues.

5 Strategies to Advocate for Persons with Mental Health Issues.

Mental Health Advocate Mental health, depression and suicide are all the chatter following Kate Spade’s death. In honor of that, I am updating a post from 2012 that talks about advocating for friends and loved ones with a mental illness. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Just a few minutes out of…

How to Get Your Autistic Child to Try New Foods (written by an autistic person!)

How to Get Your Autistic Child to Try New Foods (written by an autistic person!)

A dangerous, yet common, misconception in regard to autistic kids is that they will eat if they’re hungry enough. The reality is that hunger, appetite and sensory input all battle each other. Autistic individuals often have interoception that is quite different from what their parents or the adults in their lives are experiencing. Interoception is…

Do you have an IEP Emergency Plan? School Shootings | Weather | Evacuation

Do you have an IEP Emergency Plan? School Shootings | Weather | Evacuation

Evacuation Plan on your IEP When I was in school, we regularly had nuclear drills. We either hid under our desks or ran to a shelter in the school’s basement. We’re fortunate. We laugh about it now. We can laugh about it because first, nuclear war never happened. And second, the idea that being under…

5 Games to Improve Executive Functioning Skills | ADHD | Autism

5 Games to Improve Executive Functioning Skills | ADHD | Autism

Game to Improve Executive Functioning Neurodivergent individuals often struggle with executive functioning, because their path to the same destination looks different from the path neurotypical individuals may go through. Instead of trying to get from Point A to Point C, they’re trying to get from Point A to Point Z in alphabet soup. They know…

Free Summer Bucket List for Kids and Teens  | Printable | 2022

Free Summer Bucket List for Kids and Teens | Printable | 2022

Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids I’m so glad you clicked! I am so tired of seeing summer bucket lists with things like “take the kids to Singapore” or “Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.” Hey, good for you if that’s your thing. I don’t think for my kids, that will be on their summer bucket list for…

25 Disability Awareness Activities for Kids of all Ages.

25 Disability Awareness Activities for Kids of all Ages.

Teaching Your Child about Peers with Disabilities. What better day than today to publish this post. Today is the first day of Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that…

Is Your 3rd Grader Struggling? It’s Probably the Matthew Effect in Reading.

Is Your 3rd Grader Struggling? It’s Probably the Matthew Effect in Reading.

Matthew Effect | Matthew Principle Ask any Special Education Advocate, and I bet they all will tell you that they have a huge chunk of clients that are in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade. I can remember periods of time when all my clients fit into that category. Coincidence? Unfortunately, no. It’s the Matthew Effect….

What is a Life Skills Classroom? Is it the Same as a Resource Room?

What is a Life Skills Classroom? Is it the Same as a Resource Room?

Life Skills Classroom | Special Education Resource Room I really hate the term life skills. I mean, after all, we ALL need life skills. It’s just that what each person needs to be taught varies greatly. But, if your child has an IEP, and depending on their skill set, a “life skills classroom” or “life…

5 Popular Stim Toys for Autism or ADHD | Cheap | DIY | Chew

5 Popular Stim Toys for Autism or ADHD | Cheap | DIY | Chew

Stim Toys Quality stim toys can be hard to find, since fidget toys and chewy jewelry, or chewelry, is trendy. Even the higher priced ones don’t always promise quality, or the ones with great reviews just aren’t within your budget. Several popular stim toys can be made at home from everyday household objects, or using…

55 Functional Money Skills and IEP Goals | Modern Money Skills

55 Functional Money Skills and IEP Goals | Modern Money Skills

Functional Money Skills Remember when we were little, and we thought nickels were worth more than dimes, just because they were bigger? Ah, those were the days. As part of adulting, we need to teach our kids practical money skills. Money as a topic usually falls under functional math. However, for kids with IEPs, it…

How to Redirect Self Injurious Behavior | Autism

How to Redirect Self Injurious Behavior | Autism

Self Injurious Behavior and Autism Self-injurious autistic behaviors do not illustrate why stimming, or self-regulatory behaviors, are bad. Stimming is harmless by default and crucial to autistic individuals’ ability to self-regulate and cope with everything in their life and the world. Instead of seeking to stop autistic stims altogether, self-injurious behaviors can be redirected to…

Autistic Shutdowns

Autistic Shutdowns

You might have heard about autistic meltdowns, but what about autistic shutdowns? The two terms are often used interchangeably by non-autistic autism professionals, but autism meltdowns and autism shutdowns are two completely different things. Difference between Autistic Meltdowns and Autistic Shutdowns Autistic shutdowns are NOT meltdowns, and recovering from them is not the same either….

What is Summer School? What Do you Do in Summer School Programs?

What is Summer School? What Do you Do in Summer School Programs?

What is Summer School? Summer school has a terrible stigma in this country. And, wrongfully so in my opinion. First, the whole concept of children having summers off is rooted in farm work. In today’s society, children are rarely needed in the summer months to help on the family farm. With the exception of maybe…

6 Must Do First Week of School Activities for Special Education | Teachers and Parents

6 Must Do First Week of School Activities for Special Education | Teachers and Parents

First Week of Special Education I’m a crazy over planner. While everyone is just trying to get through to the end of a school year, I’m already planning for the first week of school activities in special education for next year. I know, it’s a bit over the top. But here’s the thing. By the…

10 Outdoors Activities for Autism | How to Get Autistic Kids and Adults Outside More Often

10 Outdoors Activities for Autism | How to Get Autistic Kids and Adults Outside More Often

Outdoor Activities for Autistics Today really reiterated to me that I need to get back to the outdoors and get my kids outside. I had my son at the eye doctor and she is an expert in her field (at a local children’s hospital). She said that they are seeing an increase of young kids…

What to Do About IEP Retaliation Including When They Call CPS.

What to Do About IEP Retaliation Including When They Call CPS.

The school called CPS on me! Sometimes I hear the stories and think “How, how did we get here?” And, many times I’ve seen a parent seek assistance and many parents chime in, “That’s illegal, they can’t do that!” Sigh. I wish it was that simple. Yes, it is illegal. But IEP retaliation happens. School…

3 Best Adaptive Bikes for Autistic Teens | Adults with Disabilities

3 Best Adaptive Bikes for Autistic Teens | Adults with Disabilities

Autism and Riding a Bike I get a surprising number of inquiries about this. Ever since I posted a photo of my son riding our adaptive bike, people ask me what it is and where we got it. First, let’s start by saying, just because a child has autism, does not mean that they cannot…

Sensory Friendly Philadelphia | 50 Fun Places and Activities for Kids on the Spectrum

Sensory Friendly Philadelphia | 50 Fun Places and Activities for Kids on the Spectrum

Sensory Friendly Philadelphia If you’re the parent of a child with sensory sensitivities, you know that it can be challenging to find activities and attractions that both you and your little one can enjoy. I live near Philadelphia and we just love it here. There are so many autism friendly places and activities. You will…

Knoebels Amusement Park: Secrets to Know Before you Go!

Knoebels Amusement Park: Secrets to Know Before you Go!

Knoebels Amusement Park One of my favorite places to visit is Knoebels in Elysburg, PA. I have been going there ever since I was a toddler, and my (now deceased) grandmother even went there as a child. It’s that kind of place. Even though it’s a 2+ hour trek for us now, we make sure…

ARFID | A Family Guide to Overcoming ARFID

ARFID | A Family Guide to Overcoming ARFID

ARFID “Mom, I don’t want another ham and cheese sandwich for lunch.” “Well, you don’t eat anything else for lunch. Give me something else to put in your lunchbox, and I’ll do it.” And so began our journey with ARFID. A few quick facts about ARFID. Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Was renamed in DSM…

5 Free Google Organization Apps that help Manage the Disability Household

5 Free Google Organization Apps that help Manage the Disability Household

Google Organization Apps Let’s face it, when you have a disabled child, Moms and Dads become caseworkers. I’ve never seen one person, let alone a child, generate so much paperwork. Then you add in annual IEP dates, annual and biennial medical appointments, biannual evaluation dates, MA renewal, Rx renewals….it’s exhausting and overwhelming at times. But,…

Fairmount Water Works | 5 Reasons You Need to Visit this Amazing Little Gem in Philadelphia

Fairmount Water Works | 5 Reasons You Need to Visit this Amazing Little Gem in Philadelphia

Fairmount Water Works I recently had the opportunity to visit the Fairmount Water Works. And I can’t believe I’ve never gone before! It has so many amazing things to offer. We put it on our list of things to do every summer. It’s a great day trip if you want to visit the Philadelphia art…

Seizure Disorder | 6 Things I Wish I had been told about my Son’s Seizure Disorder

Seizure Disorder | 6 Things I Wish I had been told about my Son’s Seizure Disorder

Seizure Disorder I’ve been having some real “beat myself up” moments about Kevin and his risk for seizures. Things I should have known. Or could have known. Or wish I had known about seizures and seizure risk. Do you use the Timehop app? I do and I love it. If you are not familiar, what…

Cellulitis from a Bug Bite? Yes! Here’s What to Look For.

Cellulitis from a Bug Bite? Yes! Here’s What to Look For.

Cellulitis from a Bug Bite Can you get cellulitis from a mosquito bite? Cellulitis from an insect bite? In a word, yes! It’s happened to us. Twice! Despite our snow squalls here in PA yesterday, I have seen mosquitoes already this year. My son has always had the worst time with bug bites, fly bites,…

Tuckerton Seaport Museum | 5 Reasons You Should Go!

Tuckerton Seaport Museum | 5 Reasons You Should Go!

Tuckerton Seaport Museum This past Saturday, we were invited to a blogger event at the Tuckerton Seaport Museum. I knew my 4-year-old would love the Pirate Festival, and he did. I didn’t tell him we were going until about 48 hours beforehand and it was all he talked about. He talked about finding treasure and…

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort | Highland, NY | Is it worth the money?

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort | Highland, NY | Is it worth the money?

Rocking Horse Ranch Over Labor Day weekend, my parents invited us to join them at the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, NY. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is an all-inclusive resort. You pay one rate for all the food, lodging and activities. I love having the opportunity to try new places and review them from our…

Hopewell Furnace | 7 Essential Tips to know before you go with kids

Hopewell Furnace | 7 Essential Tips to know before you go with kids

Hopewell Furnace Recently I took both of my boys up to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It is located in Berks County, in Elverson. It was a cool and cloudy afternoon for July so it was not a pool day. Since we were fresh off the heels of our trip out west to some National…

Disability Moms | 9 Habits of Happy, Strong, and Successful Disability Moms

Disability Moms | 9 Habits of Happy, Strong, and Successful Disability Moms

Disability Moms Yesterday I had a lovely phone conversation with someone whose child was recently diagnosed with a disability. We have mutual friends who referred her to me. She’s been having a bit of a struggle just finding a group that she feels comfortable with as far as our different parenting. I think we all…

Due Process Special Education | 6 Critical Points to Consider Before Filing

Due Process Special Education | 6 Critical Points to Consider Before Filing

Due Process Special Education Should I file for special education due process? Special Education Due Process is one of a parent’s rights in Procedural Safeguards. It is very serious, and in my opinion, should only be done as a last resort. This means that you have exhausted all other means of the IEP process including…

Liar

Liar

When your Child Lies As I often begin many articles, I state “this has been coming up in the Facebook group a lot lately.” And, it has. I’m going to try to present this issue (lying and ADHD or other disabilities) as succinctly and unbiased as possible. But, to me honest, it’s very triggering for…

5 Best Things to do in Orlando with Kids, that are not Disney!

5 Best Things to do in Orlando with Kids, that are not Disney!

Things to do with Kids in Orlando Right around Easter, my husband found out that his company was going to send him to Orlando for a week. Taking the kids to Orlando has always been on our to-do list, but not a super high priority. We were able to put together a nice trip in…

Easy Fundraisers for Schools | 8 Non-Cash Ways to Donate to Schools

Easy Fundraisers for Schools | 8 Non-Cash Ways to Donate to Schools

Easy Fundraisers for Schools It’s back to school time, and I swear, every time I turn around, I’m writing another check for this or that. I only have 2 kids, I don’t know how larger families do it, or those with less income. You want to help, right? But we cannot support every fundraiser that…

Disabled Child Grandparenting | Including Extended Family in your Disability Household

Disabled Child Grandparenting | Including Extended Family in your Disability Household

Disabled Child Grandparenting Disabled Child Grandparenting? That’s a phrase you never heard even 20 years ago. Now, grandparents want to know. It’s their nature to want to help. So how do you involve your extended family in disability parenting? Paying attention to grandparents and other extended family members, as it pertains to having a disabled…

Buying a Home While Disabled | 11 programs that help People with Disabilities buy Homes.

Buying a Home While Disabled | 11 programs that help People with Disabilities buy Homes.

Buying a Home While Disabled Buying a home while disabled may feel impossible but here are 11 programs available to help you. I’ve compiled a list of various state and federal resources that may help you buy a home if you are disabled. I was recently asked this question. “Are there any programs that can…

Chester County Special Education | Best School Districts

Chester County Special Education | Best School Districts

Chester County Special Education Omigosh, if I had a nickel for every time I was asked this! Ok, this is not the answer you want to hear. But I cannot in good conscience make a recommendation for you. I’m sorry. I’ve thought this over for a few days and even consulted with some good friends….

Wraparound Services | What are they? | How do I apply?

Wraparound Services | What are they? | How do I apply?

Wraparound Services As I’ve navigated my way through the disability community over the past fifteen years, I’ve noticed a trend. That is, NO ONE TELLS YOU ANYTHING! Don’t get me wrong, if you ask, you usually are helped. At least that has been my experience. But how do you even know what to ask for?…

Implied Consent | Why Parents Need to STFU about their Disabled Kids.

Implied Consent | Why Parents Need to STFU about their Disabled Kids.

Implied Consent Have you ever been tagged in a completely unflattering photo on Facebook? I mean the kind when you look at it, you groan and debate in your head if the person will notice if you untag yourself? It’s awful, right? Social media and smartphones have brought us a whole new set of societal…

Auditory Processing Disorder | APD | IEP Goals | Accommodations

Auditory Processing Disorder | APD | IEP Goals | Accommodations

Auditory Processing Disorder The other day, my younger son and I were on my tablet. We were choosing team gear to purchase for his new AAU basketball team. I was looking at the website and he was on his phone, and he was describing things to me and asking me questions (what size do I…

Elopement and Autism | Causes | Solutions | IEP Goals

Elopement and Autism | Causes | Solutions | IEP Goals

Autism and Elopement One concept or behavior that you may be exposed to as an IEP parent is elopement. Unfortunately, I am not talking about the fun kind of elopement. The kind where you run off to Vegas or some tropical island and marry your love. This is the type where your child is so…

Ridin Hy Ranch | 5 Things to Know Before you Go!

Ridin Hy Ranch | 5 Things to Know Before you Go!

Ridin’ Hy Ranch Is Ridin’ Hy Ranch disability-friendly? Ridin’ Hy Ranch is an all-inclusive resort nestled in the mountainside of Adirondack State Park, in New York. I’ll share my review and what it is like to stay at this resort with a child with disabilities. I thought I’d share a few things I learned while…

Pets in the Classroom Grant | How to Get a Free Pet

Pets in the Classroom Grant | How to Get a Free Pet

Pets in the Classroom Pets in the classroom are now easy for every teacher to get. The benefits students receive just by having a pet in their own classroom are life-changing. I’m going to share with you how to get one for free. “Nothing else that blinks!” That used to be my household rule. Nothing…

Trunki Suitcase | Everything You Need to Know

Trunki Suitcase | Everything You Need to Know

Trunki Suitcase The Trunki Suitcase is so much more than a carry-on suitcase. The Trunki Suitcase transforms ordinary luggage into an adventure for children. This suitcase is a must-have if you are traveling with little ones. They can sit on the suitcase. They can easily pack it. It’s small enough for them to pull the…

How to Have Meaningful Parent Participation in the IEP Process

How to Have Meaningful Parent Participation in the IEP Process

IEP Parent Participation Nothing disappoints me more than when I hear about a parent not learning the IEP process and maximizing their rights in the process. Look, not judging here. Mostly. Ok, so I am getting a little judgy here. But here’s the thing. Not knowing and using your IDEA given rights is detrimental to…

23 Free Easter Egg Coloring Pages | Mandala | Preschool to Older Kids

23 Free Easter Egg Coloring Pages | Mandala | Preschool to Older Kids

Easter Egg Coloring Pages I recently shared another set of Easter coloring pages. Specifically, those free downloadable printable coloring pages were mostly Easter Bunny Coloring Pages. And, I got some requests to share coloring pages for older kids. Kids who might find the Easter Bunny to be a little too babyish for them. One reader…

6 Free Coloring Pages for Easter | Easter Bunny | Printable | PDF

6 Free Coloring Pages for Easter | Easter Bunny | Printable | PDF

Easter Coloring Pages When holidays come near, any parent or teacher will tell you, kids get antsy! Especially if a holiday like Easter is associated with time off from school and work. Like Spring Break. At home or at school, it can be hard to keep kids focused on school work. Especially if they know…

Working Memory IEP Goals | Examples | Accommodations

Working Memory IEP Goals | Examples | Accommodations

Working Memory IEP goals Does your child struggle with Working Memory issues, and you want them added to the IEP? Have you heard parents talk about working memory skills, but you’re not sure what they are? Ok, remember these? I’m dating myself a bit, I know. But these are a great example of how we…

Free Visual Schedule Templates for Autism | Picture Schedules for Home Activities | PDF

Free Visual Schedule Templates for Autism | Picture Schedules for Home Activities | PDF

Visual Schedules and Autism How stressed out are you by daily routines? What about your kids? I mean, it’s something that we do, as a household, every.single.day. Why does it have to be so stressful? Most of us do not use visual schedules at home though many kids use them at school. These free printable…

The White House Easter Egg Roll | 2022 | What to Know Before You Go

The White House Easter Egg Roll | 2022 | What to Know Before You Go

White House Easter Egg Roll One really fun and memorable activity for families is the White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll is always the Monday after Easter. This year, that is April 18. To get tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll, you must literally win the lottery….

Bumble Bee Preschool Activities 🐝 Free 🐝 Printable

Bumble Bee Preschool Activities 🐝 Free 🐝 Printable

Bumble Bee Activities I think everyone has a love/hate relationship with bees, right? I mean, they’re essential to the planet, but many are afraid of them. But, we can’t appreciate and save what we don’t know–so it’s important to teach bee appreciation early. And, contrary to popular belief, bumble bees rarely sting people! If you…

A Weighted Blanket Causing Pain or Back Pain? Yes, yes it is.

A Weighted Blanket Causing Pain or Back Pain? Yes, yes it is.

Weighted Blanket Causing Pain Weighted blankets. They seem harmless enough, right? So we started using them. I purchased two for our household. In less than 6 months, they caused me so much hip and back pain, I’m tossing them. We are no longer using weighted blankets in our home. So I thought I’d explain why….

IEP Goal Considerations for Middle School and High School Students | Accommodations

IEP Goal Considerations for Middle School and High School Students | Accommodations

Middle School and High School IEPs Before we get started on things to think about for your middle school IEP or high school IEP, there are a few things parents should know. First, middle school or high school is not a concept addressed in IDEA. IDEA does not require nor call for anything special to…

🍀 10 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Activities and Worksheets 🍀

🍀 10 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Activities and Worksheets 🍀

St. Patrick’s Day Easy Crafts So, you all know that I’m not normally a fan of labeling things with a chronological age. When you’re working with disabled students or adults, skill sets can vary widely. And, to label a teenager who has a lot of needs and limited skill sets as a ‘preschooler’ is infantilizing,…

History of Special Education in USA | Timeline

History of Special Education in USA | Timeline

When was IDEA passed? IDEA was first passed in 1975 as Federal legislation. However, its history began much before that. The history of special education and learning disabilities is an interesting one. It was activists and allies who paved the way, and we must soldier on for them. While I don’t excuse anyone’s behavior or…

ASL for Thank You + 25 Common Words | Free PDF Worksheets

ASL for Thank You + 25 Common Words | Free PDF Worksheets

ASL for Thank You Many people don’t know this, but ASL or American Sign Language, is the 4th most common language used here in the USA. It’s also becoming more and more common for parents to use sign language with babies and toddlers before they have verbal words. We used sign language with Kevin as…

Recycling Worksheets for Kids | PDF | Printable

Recycling Worksheets for Kids | PDF | Printable

Recycling Worksheets All right, so before you download and print these recycling worksheets for your preschool or classroom…let me address the irony. Yes, it seems hypocritical to offer a school activity that has a theme of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ or recycling, and said activity is on paper. But, hang with me…what better time to present…

Daily Affirmations for Kids | Free PDF

Daily Affirmations for Kids | Free PDF

Daily Affirmations for Kids Honestly, the first and only time I really followed anything about daily affirmations was a satire account for Philadelphia. It just listed nuisances we find in daily life around here, it’s a pretty funny Instagram account. Then, I have this friend. He’s contributed to this site before, as he is a…

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

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

Dr. Seuss was Racist Dr. Seuss is a prolific children’s book author and global icon. And Dr. Seuss has a history of racial baggage that educators should understand when introducing his writing to their students. From Tolerance dot org This knocked the wind out of my sails yesterday. Not sure how it didn’t hit my…

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages | Mardi Gras Masks | PDF | Free
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Mardi Gras Coloring Pages | Mardi Gras Masks | PDF | Free

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages I honestly just love Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, even though I’ve never even been to New Orleans or Rio. It’s a fun little holiday that usually happens right at a time when you’re really sick of winter and need a lift. Mardi Gras is so colorful and can be a…

The Many Flaws of School FBAs and Behavior Plans

The Many Flaws of School FBAs and Behavior Plans

FBAs and Behavior Plans FBAs and Behavior Plans are a common component of IEPs. And, after 12 years of advocacy, I’m seeing the same issues over and over. Most importantly–they often don’t work. The same kids are being suspended, failing grades, and being ostracized by both peers and staff. I’m going to outline some common…

12 Inspirational Family Movies | Gratitude | Making a Difference | Giving Back

12 Inspirational Family Movies | Gratitude | Making a Difference | Giving Back

Movies: Making a Difference and Giving Back I hate when I have to rework posts due to creeps. With all of the buzz out there about the misogynist creeps in Hollywood, I am updating this post. I certainly do not want to promote anyone’s career who acts like that. And certainly, they don’t deserve to…

Spot the Difference | Printable Worksheets for Kids | Free PDF

Spot the Difference | Printable Worksheets for Kids | Free PDF

Spot The Difference We love spot the difference worksheets. My whole extended family is really into worksheets and puzzles. They’re great when you need to take a screen break but want to work on some skills Visual clutter is something many kids with learning disabilities struggle with. Spot the Difference worksheets can help with that….

20 Free Bird Coloring Pages | Bird Word Search | Bird Watching for Kids

20 Free Bird Coloring Pages | Bird Word Search | Bird Watching for Kids

Bird Watching Coloring Pages and Activities Calling all bird nerds! Here is a huge list of Backyard Bird feeders and bird watching activities for kids. A great way to get your kids to appreciate and conserve nature is to engage them in bird watching, have them build a bird feeder or other fun activities. We…

Special Education Terms and Terminology | PDF | IEP Terms to Know

Special Education Terms and Terminology | PDF | IEP Terms to Know

Special Education Terms Look, since this is a monster of an article, I’ll be brief. I’ve been sitting on this for literally years–years ago someone asked if I would publish it on my site. I am just now getting around to this giant PDF list of special education terms. Not all IEP terms and acronyms…

Sesame Place PA | Review | Best Insider Tips | Crowds and Calendar

Sesame Place PA | Review | Best Insider Tips | Crowds and Calendar

Sesame Place Travel Tips Let’s be honest. Sesame Place is an expensive outing and chances are, a special occasion trip for your family. So you want to make the most of it, right? I’ve been to other parks and our trip was a disaster because we wasted our day waiting in lines, we didn’t know…

Basketball Word Search 🏀 Worksheets 🏀 NCAA 🏀 FREE PDF 🏀

Basketball Word Search 🏀 Worksheets 🏀 NCAA 🏀 FREE PDF 🏀

Basketball Word Search We are just all about the basketball around here! My younger son loves it and plays in two different leagues. We love watching March Madness and the NBA games. Of course, since we spend so much time talking about basketball, I wanted to involve Kevin, beyond taking him to his brother’s games….

10 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids ☘️ Free ☘️ Printable 🌈
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10 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids ☘️ Free ☘️ Printable 🌈

St. Patrick’s Day Activities Growing up, I don’t have great memories of St. Patrick’s Day. My dad would play record albums of Irish Folk Music like the Clancy Brothers and drink too much. Yep, the stereotype. It never occurred to me until I had kids that St. Patrick’s Day Activities for kids existed. I had…

St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number | Free | Printable
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St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number | Free | Printable

Color by Number St. Patrick’s Day I have posted several other St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages, but kept this one separate. That is because the color pages are color by number, but still with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Color by number can not only be fun for the kids, but can also practice and…

St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Arts and Crafts 🌈 Easy 🌈  Pop Up Card
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St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Arts and Crafts 🌈 Easy 🌈 Pop Up Card

St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts If you’ve been to a card store lately, you know how expensive they can be. So why spend $5 or $7 on a pop up card, when this St. Patrick’s Day craft is so easy to make? I’ve included photos and step by step instructions. It really can be…

How to Hire an IEP Attorney for Your Special Education Dispute

How to Hire an IEP Attorney for Your Special Education Dispute

IEP Attorney For many families, there comes a time in your IEP journey that you and the school reach an impasse. You’ve gone back and forth and had many meetings over many months. Now, you’re staring down an IEP that you don’t think is sufficient for your child. Or, maybe there was one egregious incident–either…

Assistive Technology AAC and your IEP | Goals | Examples

Assistive Technology AAC and your IEP | Goals | Examples

Assistive Technology AAC Questions about Assistive Technology are some of the most common ones that we receive as advocates. How do I get an AT device? How do I know which AAC or Assistive Technology device to choose? Who pays for assistive technology? Assistive Technology is a support or service that has many names. Many…

The Ultimate List of Executive Functioning Skills and Tasks | 2022

The Ultimate List of Executive Functioning Skills and Tasks | 2022

Executive Functioning Checklist While we have come a long way in recognizing and supporting skill deficits in kids, when it comes to learning disabilities, I find that when it comes to executive functioning issues are too often thought of as “won’t” instead of “can’t.” Executive functioning skills rule our daily lives. And when a child…

St. Patrick’s Day Word Search ☘️ Word Scramble ☘️ Free PDF
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St. Patrick’s Day Word Search ☘️ Word Scramble ☘️ Free PDF

St. Patrick’s Day Word Search Here we go with another fun activity to incorporate all kinds of skills with a fun holiday. This time, I’m sharing two free PDFs-a St. Patrick’s Day word search and a St. Patrick’s Day word scramble. Since my site largely focuses on kids with various learning disabilities, please be mindful…

Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Cards ☘️
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Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Cards ☘️

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Bingo is one of my family’s favorite things to do. Mind you, I’m a middle aged adult, and I’ve only recently discovered the joy of bingo. Mostly due to my youngest son. For whatever reason, he loved playing any kind of bingo at a very young age. Then, one time we…

Valentine’s Day Word Search 💗 Free 💗 Printable 💗 PDF 💗
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Valentine’s Day Word Search 💗 Free 💗 Printable 💗 PDF 💗

Valentine’s Day Word Search Hi there and Happy Valentine’s Day! Sure, it’s a corny holiday. But, a holiday dedicated to celebrating love and friendship? Count me in! This Valentine’s Day Word Search is a free printable in PDF format. Just download it and there you go! If this word search puzzle is either too easy…

☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages ☘️ Free ☘️
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☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages ☘️ Free ☘️

Free St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages Happy St. Patrick’s Day! These free St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages will keep kids happy and occupied for an afternoon or even longer. Coloring is a great fine motor skill, so why not incorporate some holiday fun? The St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages are all free for you to…

ASL ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Words ☘️ Worksheets
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ASL ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Words ☘️ Worksheets

ASL Signs for St. Patrick’s Day Depending on which set of statistics you look at, ASL or American Sign Language, is the 3rd or 4th most popular used language in this country. Many people are unaware of this. Pretty amazing, huh? While it is predominantly used by the Deaf community, teaching sign language to babies…

Maybe the Most Important IEP–>Preschool IEP to Kindergarten IEP.

Maybe the Most Important IEP–>Preschool IEP to Kindergarten IEP.

Special Education Kindergarten When you hear most special ed parents discussing “transition,” most of the time they are talking about the older transition when the child is either graduating or aging out of the system. But, the kindergarten transition is important and so often overlooked. I’m not scolding parents, I get it. Many times we…

Teaching Music to Students with Learning Disabilities | Free Music Note Worksheets

Teaching Music to Students with Learning Disabilities | Free Music Note Worksheets

Teaching Music to Students with Learning Disabilities We all know that music has tremendous health and wellness benefits that extend far beyond just enjoying music. There are countless studies out there that students who study music often perform better than their peers in other areas too. If your child has an IEP or disability of…

Executive Functioning Tests | What IEP Assessments to Look For.

Executive Functioning Tests | What IEP Assessments to Look For.

Which IEP Tests will look for Executive Functioning Deficits? Executive functioning skills have been quite a buzzword and trend in special education over the past decade. When a student lacks executive functioning skills, both parents and teachers can identify the behavior. We know what it “looks like” when a child cannot organize themselves, manage time…

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Free Story Map Graphic Organizer | Worksheet | Examples | PDF

Free Story Map Graphic Organizer | Worksheet | Examples | PDF

Story Map Graphic Organizer Most people have read a book, and then went to see the movie. Or, saw the movie and then went back and read the book, right? Chances are, that is a book that you can recall with more detail that other books you have read. Because it was a multisensory approach…

What is a Frayer Model? | Example | Blank Template

What is a Frayer Model? | Example | Blank Template

What is a Frayer Model? A FRAYER MODEL is a graphic organizer that helps students clarify the meaning of vocabulary words they encounter while listening, reading, and viewing texts. They can be used before reading to activate background knowledge, during reading to monitor vocabulary, or after reading to assess vocabulary. The Frayer Model is a…

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling | Can I Get an IEP if I Homeschool?

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling | Can I Get an IEP if I Homeschool?

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling In recent years, many of us were thrown into some version of homeschooling that we never planned on. Those experiences have caused many parents to reevaluate their IEP situation, their family situation and wonder…should I just homeschool my child? Making the decision to homeschool your child is huge and one…

💘 Valentine’s Lunch Box Jokes 💘 Printable 💘 Free

💘 Valentine’s Lunch Box Jokes 💘 Printable 💘 Free

Valentine’s Lunch Box Jokes Hey, here’s a fun little freebie for you–printable valentine’s day lunch box jokes. Print them, clip them….and put them wherever you want to insert a smile in someone’s day. In the lunch box of course, but also on the bathroom mirror, on a car dashboard, in a briefcase or backpack. Enjoy!

Executive Functioning Skills | IEP Goals, Objectives, Accommodations

Executive Functioning Skills | IEP Goals, Objectives, Accommodations

Executive Functioning IEP Goals Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, multi-tasking, initiation, and monitoring of actions. Executive functioning describes a set of mental processes that helps people to connect past experience with present action. Wikipedia If your child or…

{I Have a Dream} Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Projects for Kids

{I Have a Dream} Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Projects for Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream. MLK Day can be fun, serious, educational and thoughtful. Here are activities and projects for kids to make the day memorable, including “I have a dream speech” activities. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I…

How to Have an Inclusive Valentine’s Day | Special Education Valentine’s Day Activities

How to Have an Inclusive Valentine’s Day | Special Education Valentine’s Day Activities

Inclusive Valentine’s Day Soon, all across the country, children will exchange Valentines with their classmates. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here and I don’t see it disappearing anytime soon. Sure, it kind of is a holiday that was made more important by the marketing machine. But I see nothing wrong with a…

Valentine’s Day Directed Drawing Activities | Free | Printable PDF

Valentine’s Day Directed Drawing Activities | Free | Printable PDF

Valentine’s Day Directed Drawing I like Valentine’s Day for a lot of reasons. Sure, I can concede that it’s partly a made-up holiday fueled by the American marketing machine and consumerism. But, I can’t hate on a day dedicated to celebrating love and friendship. Plus, it’s a bright spot in a dreary part of the…

180 Printable Lunch Box Jokes | Free | Tween | Holidays | Summer

180 Printable Lunch Box Jokes | Free | Tween | Holidays | Summer

Lunch Box Jokes If you asked my son, he’ll tell you that he’s too old for me to be putting things in his lunch box, like printable lunch box jokes. He’s 12. He rolls his eyes at dad jokes, which are plentiful around here. And, he dutifully packs his own lunch every evening. It’s part…

6 Reasons to STOP Assigning a Mental Age to Disabled Students

6 Reasons to STOP Assigning a Mental Age to Disabled Students

Mental Age I guess it’s a coping mechanism. Or a way of trying to parent and better understand our kids. But it’s also an antiquated practice that needs to go. I’m talking about assigning a mental age to our kids. In particular, this happens with students who are intellectually disabled or autistic, or both. You…

How to Create Calming Classroom Decor | Decrease Visual Clutter | Increase Focus

How to Create Calming Classroom Decor | Decrease Visual Clutter | Increase Focus

Calming Classroom Decor Look, I love teachers. They are totally underappreciated and the whipping boy for “all things bad” with society and schools. But classroom decor? Yikes! Lots of room for improvement based on some of the classrooms I’ve been in. And, attending IEP meetings all over the Philadelphia region, I’m in a lot of…

Snowman ☃️ and Snowflake ❄️ Coloring Pages | Free | Worksheets | Preschool + Toddler

Snowman ☃️ and Snowflake ❄️ Coloring Pages | Free | Worksheets | Preschool + Toddler

Snowman Snowflake Coloring Pages Once the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about snowflakes and snowmen. I find them just as festive as the holidays and I keep many snow themed decorations up until about Presidents’ Weekend. Since I try to make everything multi sensory for Kevin, it’s only natural that I would…

Free Groundhog Day Activities for Kids | How Accurate is Groundhog Day?

Free Groundhog Day Activities for Kids | How Accurate is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day Activities I’m born and raised in Pennsylvania, so maybe I have a skewed vision of Groundhog Day. I mean the day, not the movie. Groundhog Day is a big deal here, as the whole world looks to the little town of Punxsutawney PA every February 2. Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather…

IEP Vision Statement Examples | Samples | Free Workbook

IEP Vision Statement Examples | Samples | Free Workbook

Why your IEP needs a Vision Statement It’s called the Black Hole of 21. Once you are comfortably settled into the IEP world and get to know other moms, you’ll hear complaining and worrying about “transition.” Transition means many things, but in our world, it means the time period when the child is completing 12th…

Can a School or IEP Team Demand Access to Medical Records or Information?

Can a School or IEP Team Demand Access to Medical Records or Information?

Can a School Demand Medical Information? I can’t believe that I am even doing a blog post on this topic. But it’s only Tuesday and it has already come up three times in our Facebook group. We’ve had several situations where a school or IEP team member has asked or demanded medical information or access…

The Secret that will have you Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. Yes, really.

The Secret that will have you Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings. Yes, really.

How to Stop Stressing over IEP Meetings I was waiting in the lobby. Mom pulled into the parking lot, made her way towards me. “I’m so nervous!” she whispered. “Don’t be. We got this.” And we did. My mind drifted to other parents in our Facebook group who often express similar sentiments before a meeting….

Dine with Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center | Is it worth it? Review.

Dine with Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center | Is it worth it? Review.

Kennedy Space Center Reviews The last full day of our Florida trip was spent visiting the Kennedy Space Center. This wasn’t on our original agenda, but I picked up a brochure at the Nickelodeon Resort lobby and the more I read the brochure, the more I wanted to go. I was particularly interested in the…

35 Common IEP Meeting Questions {answered by a Special Ed Advocate!)

35 Common IEP Meeting Questions {answered by a Special Ed Advocate!)

IEP Meeting Questions Over the past decade, I have attended hundreds of IEP meetings and met with hundreds of families. And, with the large Facebook group, the other admins and I have answered literally thousands of questions about IEP meetings. Sure, the I is for Individual. Still, I see a lot of commonalities. Common IEP…

7 Virtual Playdate Ideas | Hospital and Homebound | Preschool

7 Virtual Playdate Ideas | Hospital and Homebound | Preschool

Virtual PlayDates The Covid pandemic has made some permanent changes in how we live. Doing everything from school to family dinners virtually started out as a survival mechanism, but is probably here to stay. Many companies are not bringing employees back to an office to work, opting to keep them at home. The same goes…

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

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

IRLP Individual Remote Learning Plan Yesterday a blog reader asked if I could further explain IRLP. IRLP stands for Individual Remote Learning Plan. It’s a new concept and document as a result of the pandemic. And, I am going to explain what an IRLP is, however, I do so with great hesitation. And that is…

11 Healthy Marriage Tips when you have an IEP

11 Healthy Marriage Tips when you have an IEP

Healthy Marriage Tips My visiting mother-in-law walked away uncomfortably as my husband yelled at me. “WHY are you doing this?” What was I doing? A county coordinator from the 0-3 program had just left our house. She came to take our initial information and explain how the evaluation process worked. She explained the different people…

Fun + Free New Year’s Resolution Activity for Kids

Fun + Free New Year’s Resolution Activity for Kids

New Year’s Activities for Kids It can seem like such a drag to suggest that you print and do worksheets with your kids over holiday break. I get it! Sometimes the last thing we want to do is more ‘homework.’ But sometimes these activities can not only break up boredom but have tremendous value too….

Is AngelSense Legal in Schools? Can I add it to my IEP?

Is AngelSense Legal in Schools? Can I add it to my IEP?

AngelSense My friend and fellow advocate Susan loves to tell this story. One morning she woke up and her son was gone. He is autistic and has limited speaking ability. Before panic was able to set in, a neighbor called to say they had found him. He was sitting on their living room couch. It…