You Can't Fix an IEP Without THIS! (Ep 138)

You simply can't fix an IEP without THIS! 

CONSISTENCY! You all know, I've been doing this for a long time, so when someone comes to me saying, "I need to get this IEP fixed", my first advice is always, "Okay, let's check in and see what's being done consistently with the current document."...

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Master IEP Coach® Spotlight: Abbey Butcher

Meet Abbey Butcher, Master IEP Coach® from Colorado!

"I love coaching families and helping to empower them to be the best advocates for their children."

How did Abbey end up at an IEP table?

Abbey has always had a fascination with human behavior and wanted to work with Special Needs...

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Making Room for Kindness at the IEP Table by Hilary Shontz

My first time at the IEP table, I was a special education teacher and case manager. I had all of the documents ready to go and throughout the previous week, had checked in with various members of the IEP team. As a teacher, you typically end up feeling in the middle of the parents and the rest of...

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Differentiated Instruction through Leveled Curriculum with n2y featuring Heather Cacioppo

Meeting the individual needs of every student in your classroom can be a daunting task for teachers. That’s exactly why we asked Master IEP Coach®, Heather, to share how she meets her students' unique needs in her classroom.

Heather Cacioppo has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and...

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IEP Professionals: Take a Moment to Connect with the Parents by Christen LaChance

Special education is known for having tight timelines and strict deadlines, so it’s no surprise teachers, therapists, administrators, and evaluators all across the field are feeling the pressure.

Sometimes, in the midst of IEP meetings, typing up reports, taking data, and spending time with...

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5 Ways Parents Can Advocate With Kindness for Better IEP Outcomes by Jessica Beaty

Many families are struggling with gaining access to medical and school support. The waiting periods are excruciating and many times the only access to services and support is through the school district. So, by the time a family figures out about evaluations through the school district, it may...

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End of the Year Tips for Special Education Teachers by Steve Hutton

Teachers, you can see it: the finish line!  There are 101 things to do before the school year is over - grades, meetings, class parties, and events- but are you prepared to end the school year on a positive note?  As a previous special education teacher and now school administrator,...

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KINDness in Special Education by Kearney Doherty

Have you ever felt frustrated, anxiety-ridden, or just plain angry when walking away from the IEP table?  When working as an IEP team, it is assumed that the team includes all parties and their input. Does this meeting you just attended seem like all voices were heard?  Where did the...

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Show Kindness to Our Teachers at the IEP Table by Amanda DeLuca

Save a seat for kindness at the IEP table.

When I attended my first planning meeting for my son to be evaluated for special education services, a few months shy of his third birthday, I was overwhelmed, feeling like the professionals and I were sitting on opposing sides of the IEP table.

We often...

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Kindness Deserves a Seat at Every IEP Table by Kirby Morgan

Advocating for my son and the children of the clients I represent has shown me that kindness is a very important part of working collaboratively at the IEP table.

In my advocacy journey, I have completely transformed the way I practice. I used to be the person using very strong words almost like...

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Executive Functioning Success, One Skill at a Time by Kearney Doherty

Imagine being on an important phone call with your boss while getting dinner started. Your child is yelling your name for help on homework, the television is blaring, and the dog is running in circles around the kitchen barking because the postman is delivering the mail.  Where does your...

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The Importance of Social Skills in an IEP by Jessica Beaty

For years, parents have shared concerns about how the education system has focused heavily on academics while leaving little space for play, social activities, and building friendships. If you talk to anyone working at your child’s school, it is likely they will have a similar concern. No...

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