48 IEP and 504 Accommodations for Trauma or PTSD

48 IEP and 504 Accommodations for Trauma or PTSD

IEP or 504 for Trauma or PTSD It’s amazing how we go through life, just doing what we do, not knowing what we don’t know. I was a victim of childhood trauma (several ACEs-Adverse Childhood Experiences). But it was the 1970s, and no one really did anything about it. I was just expected to “get…

53 Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives for Writing and Written Expression

53 Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives for Writing and Written Expression

IEP Goals for Writing Parents can certainly assist the IEP team with developing goals. One IEP area that I find parents and teachers struggle with is addressing the skill of writing. And by writing, I’m talking about content, not fine-motor handwriting skills. If your child struggles with handwriting, I would read this post on dysgraphia…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Fine Motor IEP Goals | 50 Fine Motor Goals for All Ages

Fine Motor IEP Goals | 50 Fine Motor Goals for All Ages

Fine Motor Skills on your IEP Remember this? Did you know that way back when…when Tupperware invented this toy, that you were using fine motor skills to play with it? If you’re a Gen X’er like me, you definitely remember this Tupperware toy. When I was young enough to play with this toy, IEPs didn’t…

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…

50 Kindergarten IEP Goals | Reading | Math | Writing

50 Kindergarten IEP Goals | Reading | Math | Writing

Kindergarten IEP Goals and Objectives So, there’s a reason why I am now just doing this post after the blog is more than 10 years old. I am philosophically opposed to this list. It doesn’t make sense to make a list of kindergarten IEP goals. No, really, stay with me here. Remember, IEPs are needs-driven….

35 Self Advocacy IEP Goals | Self Determination | PDF | Examples

35 Self Advocacy IEP Goals | Self Determination | PDF | Examples

Self-Advocacy IEP Goals We do so much for our kids, and we mean well. But time marches on whether we want it to or not. We have to prepare our kids for independence and life on their own. As scary a thought as that is sometimes. Every person, not just IEP students, should have self…

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…

SLD on your IEP | Understanding this Disability Category | Evaluations | Interventions | Goals

SLD on your IEP | Understanding this Disability Category | Evaluations | Interventions | Goals

What is SLD? Nearly half of all disabled children are in the category of SLD, per the US Department of Education. Yet, despite it being common, I find that the category itself is largely misunderstood by both parents and teachers. There are many myths and misinformation about the SLD category. Some of these examples: That…

Math IEP Goals and Objectives | Printable List | PDF

Math IEP Goals and Objectives | Printable List | PDF

Math IEP Goals I will never forget this one day when Kevin was a preschooler. We had an IEP meeting, and one of his proposed goals was to be able to visualize and identify what 2 of something looks like, or what 3 of something looks like. That same day, my younger son came up…

{Study Skills} IEP Goals | Accommodations |  Note Taking

{Study Skills} IEP Goals | Accommodations | Note Taking

Organization/Study Skills IEP Goals I’m a good learner, but I’m terrible at studying. Always have been. Other than re-reading chapters and notes and rote memorization, I never knew what studying was. No one ever taught me study skills. It was just expected that all students knew how to study and learn. I think many students…

Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols |  Diaper Recommendations
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Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols | Diaper Recommendations

Toilet Training an Older Child I am wildly passionate about kids being toilet trained if it is a possibility. I never dreamed I would be a passionate advocate for toilet training. But, here I am. Lack of toileting skills is one functional IEP skill that really carries a serious stigma for our kids. It’s very…

Juvenile Arthritis | 504 Plans and IEP Accommodation Ideas
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Juvenile Arthritis | 504 Plans and IEP Accommodation Ideas

Juvenile Arthritis | IEP | 504 According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 300,000 American children have Juvenile Arthritis. The most common type of arthritis in children is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (idiopathic means “from unknown causes”). There are several other forms of arthritis affecting children. Juvenile arthritis is a rheumatic disease or one that causes loss…

Community-Based Instruction CBI | IEP Goals | Data Collection

Community-Based Instruction CBI | IEP Goals | Data Collection

CBI on your IEP Since my son has had CBI on his IEP for almost a decade, I can always spot the CBI trips when I am out in my local community. To the untrained eye, it looks like just a bunch of kids out at the grocery store or local restaurant. But, if you…

40 Sample IEP Counseling Goals | IEP Counseling Related Services

40 Sample IEP Counseling Goals | IEP Counseling Related Services

Should your Child Have Counseling IEP Goals? Student counseling is listed as a Related Service in IDEA. Actually, Parent Counseling and Training is too. But that’s another post for another day. I have had a few clients over the years who received counseling, but all had it offered to them. Very few parents know that…

How to Write Meaningful and Measurable IEP Goals.

How to Write Meaningful and Measurable IEP Goals.

How to Write IEP Goals. IEP goals are the future. IEP Present Levels is where the child is now; goals are where we want them to be. Writing IEP goals, while based on data, is part art, part science. It’s also something I find that many educators are not prepared for or trained in. Colleges…

How to Help Kids with Dyslexia | Creating Meaningful, Measurable IEP Goals

How to Help Kids with Dyslexia | Creating Meaningful, Measurable IEP Goals

IEP for Dyslexia Dyslexia is a type of learning disability that is a language-based disorder characterized by problems learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols. According to LDRFA, Dyslexia is the most common learning disability among children. There are three other “D” in this family of learning disabilities: Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia….