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…

Can IEP Assessments and Evaluations be Done Virtually? | What is a REED?

Can IEP Assessments and Evaluations be Done Virtually? | What is a REED?

Online IEP Assessments This issue has been coming up in the Facebook Group often. I guess this pandemic is going on longer than any of us had hoped, and this is an issue that many families are dealing with. Your child is due for IEP assessments and either you or the school want to do…

IEP and 504 Accommodations for Distance and Online Learning.

IEP and 504 Accommodations for Distance and Online Learning.

Online and Virtual Learning Accommodations Some kids really struggle with online distance learning, and need some accommodation ideas. Particularly those with attention, sensory, and other related issues. And, there are a lot of kids out there who loathe Zoom and online classes. Some love it, others not so much. But, even as kids return to…

Lockdown Losses | Recovering Lost Speech and Language Skills

Lockdown Losses | Recovering Lost Speech and Language Skills

Skills Lost or Delayed During Lockdown A recent study of over 50,000 preschoolers in England showed that current 4 and 5-year-olds are showing speech and language delays in greater numbers than before. A similar study in Los Angeles confirmed the British study. Because children did not experience the social and cognitive interactions they would have…

10 Free Text to Speech Apps | Voice to Text

10 Free Text to Speech Apps | Voice to Text

Text to Speech This past year has had our kids accessing technology more than ever before. Even those who didn’t previously use Assistive Technology now find themselves with Chromebooks and other devices to do their school work at home. But, a new environment can expose skill gaps. When school information is presented in a different…

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

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

Will your distance learning be successful? As we face the reality of having to do long-distance learning with our children long term, parents are worried. After all, this distance learning stuff looks really different. Is it sufficient? Will my child fall behind or regress? What can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen? All…

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

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

Back to School With an IEP I’m sorry that it took me almost a month to get this video trimmed, transcribed and uploaded. A lot has happened in the past 3 weeks, including my father going into hospice and passing away. During the first week of August, I did a Facebook Live event with Special…

Should your IEP Change Due to the Pandemic and Distance Learning?

Should your IEP Change Due to the Pandemic and Distance Learning?

IEPs during the Pandemic As we head into a new school year that has even more unknowns than the spring, many parents are being told that their child’s IEP must change to reflect what is happening. First, let’s review. At the time of this writing, there has not been any federal guidance since March. At…

Can a Child Receive In-Person IEP Services if the School is Doing Distance Learning? YES.

Can a Child Receive In-Person IEP Services if the School is Doing Distance Learning? YES.

A FAPE Test Case and Distance Learning “In light of the foregoing, I recommend the Plaintiffs’ Motion be granted in part. Specifically, I recommend that the DOE be ordered to provide J.V.2 with in-person services as described in the September 2019 PO to the extent such can be done safely in compliance with guidance from…