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…

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…

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…

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…

Colors in ASL | Learn Colors in Sign Language | ASL Colors Printable

Colors in ASL | Learn Colors in Sign Language | ASL Colors Printable

ASL Color Signs 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…

Free Guide to ASL Fingerspelling | Printable | Sign Language Alphabet PDF

Free Guide to ASL Fingerspelling | Printable | Sign Language Alphabet PDF

ASL Fingerspelling Learning the alphabet in sign language is a really fun and useful skill to have. While finger spelling out words can take longer than if you know the ASL words, it enables you to communicate with someone. It should be noted that while learning the ASL alphabet is a beginner skill, the child…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

💘 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…

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…

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…

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….

Cortical Visual Impairment | CVI | Characteristics | Treatment | IEP Goals and Accommodations

Cortical Visual Impairment | CVI | Characteristics | Treatment | IEP Goals and Accommodations

Cortical Visual Impairment I recently attended a conference so I could educate myself on Cortical Visual Impairment, one of the diagnoses my son has. It was so enlightening and revolutionary, and add in a big heap of mom guilt. When you have a child with multiple disabilities, it can be tough to decide which one…

Elkonin Boxes for Dyslexia |  Phonemic Awareness | Examples | PDF

Elkonin Boxes for Dyslexia | Phonemic Awareness | Examples | PDF

Elkonin Boxes for Phonemic Awareness Just the other day, an advocate friend of mine was in an IEP meeting with a young-ish School Psychologist. And, this person said during the meeting that “you can’t test for dyslexia until the child is in 3rd grade.” It amazes me that myths and misconceptions like this are still…

How do I get Shortened School Days with an IEP or 504 plan?

How do I get Shortened School Days with an IEP or 504 plan?

Modified School Days and IEPs If your child has an IEP or 504, can they get a shortened school day or modified school schedule as an accommodation? The short answer is yes. But, it’s not a simple yes/no question. There are many considerations for the IEP team to discuss to ensure that your child still…

ASL Christmas Activities | Christmas Tree Worksheet | Free Printable

ASL Christmas Activities | Christmas Tree Worksheet | Free Printable

ASL Christmas Activities How super cute is this ASL Christmas Tree Worksheet?! This is the best free Christmas printable worksheet you are going to find. Ok, worksheets. Not worksheet. Because it is multiple pages. But what a great way to infuse holiday spirit and teach letter recognition and ASL. You can teach so many skills…

How to Get a Free Letter from Santa Claus by Mail | 2022 | Ideas | Sample

How to Get a Free Letter from Santa Claus by Mail | 2022 | Ideas | Sample

Free Letters from Santa Claus by Mail Would your child enjoy a free mailed letter from Santa? Who wouldn’t? A letter from Santa can be so fun to receive. And, here’s a secret. It can be a great way to set expectations for your child as far as what is going to be under the…

Football Bingo | Free Football Bingo Cards to Print | Rules

Football Bingo | Free Football Bingo Cards to Print | Rules

Football Bingo Are you planning a Super Bowl party or another football-themed event? Looking for some free football bingo cards to print? Well, welcome! This football bingo game is a great way to involve all ages and abilities on the day of the big game. Five months out of the year, football talk is everywhere….

How to Request IEP Evaluations | 25 IEP Request Letter Samples

How to Request IEP Evaluations | 25 IEP Request Letter Samples

Sample Letter to Request IEP Evaluations You will definitely want to bookmark or pin this post. I have often said that one of the biggest IEP mistakes that parents make is not doing everything in writing. The worst case scenario is that you end up in a Due Process Hearing. And then, what will matter…

Holidays with a Disabled Child | 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season

Holidays with a Disabled Child | 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season

Holidays with a Disabled Child “My heart just hurt for him last year when you wouldn’t meet us at Red Lobster for his big 75th birthday.” That was from my stepmother. A few weeks ago, my dad turned 76. We did the very Pennsylvania thing and went to Shady Maple for his birthday. But, of…

8 Christmas Social Stories for Kids | Autism | Santa

8 Christmas Social Stories for Kids | Autism | Santa

Christmas Social Story This list of Christmas Social Stories was compiled by popular request. Every year, I dig up this post and go over a couple of them with my autistic son. Social stories about Christmas are so important. There are many free social stories here on this site. Think about some holiday traditions from…

50 Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Easy | No Props | 2022

50 Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Easy | No Props | 2022

Last Minute Elf Ideas My recent last minute elf on the shelf idea was also one of my best-ever elf on the shelf ideas. The other morning, when I walked out into our kitchen, my 7-year-old exclaimed, “Mom! Elf is playing Xbox! I bet they’re playing NBA2K.” It was one of the simplest yet most…

37 Measurable Social Skills IEP Goals | Social Emotional IEP Goals

37 Measurable Social Skills IEP Goals | Social Emotional IEP Goals

Social Skills IEP Goals It’s no secret that many kids with disabilities struggle socially and struggle to build and maintain friendships. When Brian tells me stories of kids at school who sound like they have a disability of some kind, I always encourage (read: nag!) him to go the extra step. I encourage him to…

What is Specially Designed Instruction in Special Education? | Examples | SDIs

What is Specially Designed Instruction in Special Education? | Examples | SDIs

Specially Designed Instruction Specially Designed Instruction, or SDIs, is actually one of my favorite things to talk about when it comes to IEPs. The name itself turns people off, I mean, it’s a weird phrase. But it’s so super important. And, I can’t even tell you how many IEPs that I encounter that have NO…

IEP Goal Bank | 500+ Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

IEP Goal Bank | 500+ Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

IEP Goal Bank A well written IEP goal is essential to the IEP and special education. How can you monitor progress if you don’t know what you are aiming at? I often am asked, “Can you put together an IEP goal bank?” The number of possible IEP goals is infinite. The list could go on…

5 Social Stories for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Social Skills

5 Social Stories for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Social Skills

Social Stories for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is almost here! For most of the world, families anticipate and look forward to this time with happiness. Some of us with special needs, maybe not. It can be challenging, to say the least. Sometimes I think that I could use printable social stories for Thanksgiving to help me prepare….

25 (free!) Evidence-Based Games and Activities to Learn Social Skills | Autism

25 (free!) Evidence-Based Games and Activities to Learn Social Skills | Autism

Evidence Based Games for Social Skills If you go out to bars frequently, or you’re in a phase of your life where you’re attending a lot of weddings, you get to practice those social skills. When you don’t, you struggle. “What do I wear to a wedding? Ack!” is a sentiment I know that I…

The Bayberry Candle Tradition | Poem | Christmas | New Year’s Eve

The Bayberry Candle Tradition | Poem | Christmas | New Year’s Eve

Bayberry Candle Legend Have you ever heard the bayberry candle poem or tradition? Legend has it that a bayberry candle can bring you luck. I love bayberry candles and have always loved the scent. When I learned about the holiday tradition of sharing the prayer or poem with a friend, it became an annual thing…

Sequencing Pictures | Toys | Developing Sequencing Skills

Sequencing Pictures | Toys | Developing Sequencing Skills

Sequencing Pictures Sequencing is an important executive function. It is a foundation skill that children must develop before they can move on to more complex functions. More on that in a bit. Sequencing is how we put our thoughts and our world in order. We have to sequence not only the tasks we do every…

500 Accommodations for a 504 Plan | Sensory | IEP | PDF List

500 Accommodations for a 504 Plan | Sensory | IEP | PDF List

504 Plan Accommodations List You want ideas to submit to the IEP team, but you just don’t know where to start. Well, here you go! You asked for it, you got it! I’ve received many reader requests for a list of SDIs or strategies. I hope this list of SDIs, strategies, and accommodations for an…

Chore Chart for Kids | Parent’s Guide to Chores for Kids

Chore Chart for Kids | Parent’s Guide to Chores for Kids

Printable Chore Chart for Kids Parents from all regions and cultures of the world remain divided whether they should or should not hand out chores to their children. Some parents believe that kids must rather do schoolwork or extracurricular activities than sweeping the floor. However, child psychologists urge you to think otherwise because delegating household…

Traveling with A Disabled Child | How to Properly Prepare for your Adventure!

Special Needs Travel “You should go!” I was on the phone with a friend, because there was no texting or Facebook. She was saying how some of our friends were spending a long weekend out in the wine country of Sonoma. “Go!” she said. So we did. In a matter of a few weeks’ time,…

20 Parent Communication Log Templates |  Free Parent-Teacher Daily Communication Sheets

20 Parent Communication Log Templates | Free Parent-Teacher Daily Communication Sheets

Parent Communication Log One common method of parent-teacher communication is the use of a daily home to school communication log. My son has used one pretty much since day one, but they are not just for children who are non-verbal. Home to school communication logs are great for any child because it prevents any miscommunication…

For Parents: Receptive Language vs Expressive Language Disorder | Receptive vs Express Language Skills and Strategies |  IEP Goals

For Parents: Receptive Language vs Expressive Language Disorder | Receptive vs Express Language Skills and Strategies | IEP Goals

Receptive vs Expressive Language If your child is being evaluated for Early Intervention or Special Education Services, you may be introduced to the terms ‘receptive language skills’ or ‘expressive language skills.’ As humans, we all have communication skills. Those skills are either expressive or receptive. If you do not struggle to understand incoming communication or…

Common Parent IEP Mistakes + How to Fix Them | IEP Tips for Parents

Common Parent IEP Mistakes + How to Fix Them | IEP Tips for Parents

IEP Tips for Parents Raise your hand if you just LOVE going to IEP meetings. (waits) No one? Raise your hand if you drink a bottle of wine the evening of an IEP meeting? A-ha! There, now I see some hands. I often say, “You don’t know what you don’t know” and the IEP meeting…

How To Address Your School Board With IEP Concerns | 10 Tips For Parents

How To Address Your School Board With IEP Concerns | 10 Tips For Parents

Should you take your IEP issues to the school board? I was recently approached by a school board member. The school board wanted advice on how to improve the special education climate in their school. “We’re really in the dark as far as special ed,” they told me. “We see the director when he brings…

Xfinity Internet Essentials | What is it? | How to Qualify

Xfinity Internet Essentials | What is it? | How to Qualify

 Comcast Internet For Disabled People Many of our households can possibly benefit from this. Plus, I know I have a lot of teachers in my audience. Hopefully, you have families, guidance counselors, and school social workers who will benefit from the Comcast Internet Essentials Program. With Internet Essentials laptops and internet access are available to…

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

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

Basic Sign Language Maybe it’s because my kids are teens and tweens now, but I feel like I don’t hear as many parents talking about sign language anymore. When they were babies and toddlers, it was a trend to teach basic sign language to all babies, not just those with hearing or other impairments. We…

Valentine’s Day in Sign Language | Free Printable ASL Valentines

Valentine’s Day in Sign Language | Free Printable ASL Valentines

How to Say Happy Valentine’s Day in Sign Language What a cute idea! Valentine’s Day cards in ASL. Did you know that ASL is the 4th most used language in the United States? It is! When I heard that statistic, I was amazed. All the more reason to make the extra effort to include kids…

6 Social Stories about Valentine’s Day and Love

6 Social Stories about Valentine’s Day and Love

Valentine’s Day Social Stories I have mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day. Sure, I see the whole “fabricated holiday” thing to generate sales on candy, flowers on cards. On the other hand, a day to celebrate love and friendship isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It certainly brightens up a dreary winter! Here are some printable social…