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…

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…

What is An IEP Vocational Assessment | An Important Part of IEP Transition

What is An IEP Vocational Assessment | An Important Part of IEP Transition

IEP Vocational Assessment “She likes to braid hair.” Several years ago, I was an Educational Surrogate for a teen in a neighboring county. That sentence was her entire IEP transition plan. Seriously, that was it. And, she had been transition age for 2 years. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 only…

57 Functional Communication IEP Goals | Transition | Vocation | Recreation

57 Functional Communication IEP Goals | Transition | Vocation | Recreation

Functional Communication Goals One of the biggest obstacles that some IEP students have is lack of appropriate, functional communication. A lack of functional communication is often one of the biggest barriers to independence. From as early as possible, these skills should be practiced and encouraged. I remember a few months ago, I was assisting Kevin…

How and Why to Build Social Capital for your Disabled Child.

How and Why to Build Social Capital for your Disabled Child.

Social Capital Social capital and your disabled child is a buzzword that you need to get on your radar. For many reasons, people with disabilities are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to social capital. Communication issues, environmental issues, and aversions, stigmas, and stereotypes, lack of accessibility,  lack of transportation. I could go on…