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Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

Dear IEP Team: Don’t Call Me Mom.

Does your IEP team call you “Mom” at IEP meetings? Are you comfortable with that? Let’s explore the pros and cons to this common gesture, and ways to change it if you wish.

50 Sensory Bin Ideas for Autism

50 Sensory Bin Ideas for Autism

Inside: What is a sensory bin? Are there benefits to using sensory bins? What are they used for, and for what ages? Plus, we’re sharing…

Free Simple Coloring Worksheets PDF

Free Simple Coloring Worksheets PDF

These simple coloring worksheets are adorable. Confession time–I have a teacher who helps me with these. But, I loved these when she suggested them because…

Free Telling Time Clock Worksheets

For kids with learning disabilities, telling time can be a pretty advanced skill. It’s one that requires a lot of cognitive processing, which many of…

Free Summer Coloring Pages PDF

I live in the northeast, and some years it feels like it takes forever for summer to get here. This year is one of those…

Free PDF Recycling Worksheets for Kids

Free PDF Recycling Worksheets for Kids

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…

How Much Does an IEP Advocate Cost?

How Much Does an IEP Advocate Cost?

Your child is struggling. As a mom, you’re stressed, and you’re frustrated. You want to hire an IEP advocate. Everyone keeps telling you, “Get an…

16 IEP Goals for Phonemic Awareness

16 IEP Goals for Phonemic Awareness

Inside: Learn what phonemic awareness is and how to assess for it. Plus some IEP goals for Phonemic Awareness. The other day, my 13-year-old sports…

28 Sample Vocabulary IEP Goals

28 Sample Vocabulary IEP Goals

Once a child has been identified as a student with a learning disability, it can be tough for the IEP team to come to agreement…

25 Measurable Telling Time IEP Goals

25 Measurable Telling Time IEP Goals

Telling time is an essential executive function that our kids need to live independently. Of course supports and accommodations can be put in place, but…

16 Free Finger Tracing Calming Cards

16 Free Finger Tracing Calming Cards

Mindfulness activities for kids, self care and other similar activities have been getting a lot of buzz lately. And, with good reason! Activities like this,…

Free 4th of July Coloring Pages

Free 4th of July Coloring Pages

Get ready to celebrate the red, white, and blue with 7 amazing 4th of July coloring pages designed to ignite your child’s patriotic spirit! From…

10 Attendance IEP Goals (examples)

10 Attendance IEP Goals (examples)

Disabled students often encounter unique challenges that need individualized support. When that support is not received, you may encounter school avoidance or school refusal. As…

25 Impulse Control IEP Goals

25 Impulse Control IEP Goals

Many students struggle with Impulse Control Disorders, secondary to other learning disabilities. Here are goal and accommodation ideas to add to an IEP or 504 plan.

8 Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages

8 Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages

Finding fun activities for kids that are both educational and entertaining can be a challenge, especially around Groundhog Day. This quirky holiday has a unique tradition of predicting the…

What Is ADHD Evaluation Like?

What Is ADHD Evaluation Like?

Getting an evaluation is the first step on the path to understanding and managing ADHD. But, for those unfamiliar with the disorder, it can be…

Free IEP at a Glance Template

Free IEP at a Glance Template

When I was a special educator in Maryland, we provided an IEP Snapshot to all of our general educators who had a student with an…

What to Do in NYC with Kids

What to Do in NYC with Kids

Planning a family trip to New York City? From museums and parks to the Staten Island Ferry, you won’t want to miss these things to…

List of IEP Goals for ADHD

List of IEP Goals for ADHD

For a long time, as I worked with clients, we fought the battle to get a child an IEP for ADHD rather than just the…

Do Chair Bands for ADHD work?

Do Chair Bands for ADHD work?

One of the less positive things about my job as an IEP advocate is that, I am so often surprised and disappointed at what some…

Is Lindamood Bell Worth the Money?

Is Lindamood Bell Worth the Money?

Inside: Many parents consider paying for Lindamood Bell programs to help their kids read. But, is it worth the money? Several years ago, my cousins…

Why Are IEPs Important?

Why Are IEPs Important?

Inside: I hear from many parents who “don’t even want to bother” with an IEP. It’s a sentiment I understand, but you may want to…

What is Differentiated Instruction?

What is Differentiated Instruction?

Inside: Differentiated Instruction is a term that gets a lot of buzz these days. But, while differentiating instruction has a lot of value, it further…