Do You Want A Magic IEP Wand?

Do You Want A Magic IEP Wand?

Have you ever been at a meeting and wished you had a Magic IEP Wand so you could wave it and make some immediate changes?  Of course, different parents would want to wish for different changes. Recently, a parent contacted me and mentioned she would love if the staff understood Sensory Processing Disorder better so her […]

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Are You Asking These Questions at IEP Meetings?

Are You Asking These Questions at IEP Meetings?

Breathing a sigh of relief that you have made it to the Accommodations section of the IEP…you realize there are just a few, generic accommodations listed.  As you read the short list, you also realize these are the same things listed on your child’s IEP for the past several years. Ugh!  What do you do? a. You […]

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Four Deceptive Words You Don’t Want to Hear

Four Deceptive Words You Don’t Want to Hear

Have you ever been in an IEP or 504 meeting and heard these four deceptive words: “I already know that.” from a staff member?  Now you may be wondering why I consider these deceptive words… Let’s first look at the different levels of knowledge and use inclusive education as an example. Level 1: New information: this is completely […]

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No Cape Required!

No Cape Required!

Even though some days it feels like you need to be a Super Hero to get everything done that your brain keeps reminding you to do, to get caught up on what you didn’t get done yesterday, and to figure out how you’re going to survive the coming week… Just for today let’s simplify some things.  Give […]

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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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