Be Heard, Understood, and Respected?

Be Heard, Understood, and Respected?

Be Heard, Understood, and Respected Think of the changes for your child at school when your voice and ideas are truly heard, understood and respected! My new book, The Art of Advocacy: A Parent’s Guide to a Collaborative IEP Process is just what you need to make positive changes for your child.  You can get […]

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8 Ways to Listen With Curiosity

8 Ways to Listen With Curiosity

  Listen With Curiosity Everyone sitting around the conference table felt the tension.  The meeting was no longer a discussion, it had turned into everyone talking at the same time…sound familiar?  Have you ever been in a meeting with teachers and you cannot wait for them to pause so you can jump in and let […]

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It Breaks My Heart

It Breaks My Heart

It breaks my heart when I hear kids utter: “I’m not good enough.” “I don’t want to be different at school.” “I’m embarrassed when I keep getting pulled out.” “How come nobody wants to play with me?” “I don’t care anymore.” It breaks my heart when I hear parents say: “How can the school say […]

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What’s Your Destination?

What’s Your Destination?

How many of you are like me and depend on a GPS or smart phone app to help you get from Point A to Point B? My GPS is a daily accommodation I use when driving. If my husband is driving I still turn on the GPS. He will often scoff at the way the […]

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Are We Done Yet

Are We Done Yet

How was this school year for you? I hope it was a year of learning, friendships and belonging for your child! It’s been a busy year for me. I love being able to work with so many families and supporting them as they advocate for their children. Here are ten advocacy take-aways – some of […]

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Listen to the Behavior

Listen to the Behavior

A student pushes his workbook off his desk and yells, “No!” What reaction, if any does he get from the teacher? Does the teacher take a moment to reflect on Why the student just did that? What about at home…your daughter is constantly grabbing toys out of her little brother’s hands. What reaction does she […]

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Don’t Be Fooled

Don’t Be Fooled

As an advocate, I am often asked by parents to give suggestions on how to “fix” just one part of their child’s IEP. Some parents will say, “My child has a good IEP. Can you just help me with my child’s math goals?” or “How can we get more speech time for my child?” Chances […]

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How To Be A Super Sleuth

How To Be A Super Sleuth

As a parent you wear many hats: taxi cab driver, nurse, teacher, counselor, chef, etc. Mothers and fathers are also detectives – more about that in a minute. Teachers also have many roles: instructor, counselor, nurse, supervisor, life-long student, etc. Educators share the detective role with parents. How so? Well, let’s look at what detectives […]

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The 5 Ws of Inclusion

The 5 Ws of Inclusion

Knowing your child is capable of so much more than what others give him credit for can be heartbreaking. Playing with your child, seeing his sense of humor and wishing others could see this side of him leaves you sad. Being proud of his determination and wondering why others don’t appreciate this is upsetting. Helping […]

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Inclusion How-Tos

Inclusion How-Tos

“Your son is not ready to be in the general ed classroom.” “Your daughter’s skills are so far behind the others, it wouldn’t be fair to her, the teacher, or the other students to be in a regular classroom.” “Your child will learn so many more skills in a less distracting environment.” How many times and […]

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