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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Creating a Sensory Path for Your School by Meredith Mitchell

What is a Sensory Path?     

A sensory path is a great way for students to develop motor skills like balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness.  The path requires students to hop, skip, step, jump, touch, and feel along the way. It’s bright and colorful...

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Should I Bring My Child to Their IEP Meeting? by Catherine Todd

Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, you have a pep in your step. Then the notice comes, it’s time for your child’s annual IEP meeting. I know the feeling because two of my children were on IEPs. So twice a year often in the spring I had the dreaded pit in my...

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3 Special Education Mistakes That Could Negatively Impact Your Child by Mary Price

When it comes to special education mistakes, I can honestly say I have made just about all of them … including the ones listed below.

It is my hope that by sharing lessons I learned from my experiences, I can help you avoid making the same costly mistakes. Here are three special education...

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How Do Functional Skills Fit Into an IEP? by Heather Cacioppo

Imagine how you would feel if someone told you what you had to wear on a daily basis and never let you pick your own dessert. This person also picked what you had to watch on tv and never let you have an opinion of what to listen to on the radio. 

You weren’t doing these things...

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