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About talkcounts

Diana Loiewski has been teaching special needs students for over thirty years. She not only is a classroom high school teacher, she also serves as an administrative designee in IEP meetings, and case work trainer for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. In addition, she presents on special education topics all over the country and is a co author of Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success, and Healthy Relationships a multimedia workbook for special education teens and adults. ___________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Dominick is the parent of an 18-year-old special needs student. Elizabeth and her husband navigated the special needs odyssey from the time their son was 3 years old to the present. She and her husband have placed their son in both public and private settings and have worked with attorney advocates to get better services. Ultimately, they ended up educating themselves on special education law. Elizabeth is a past reporter and editor and currently writes parent meditations and other articles for __________________________________________________________________ Sharon McCormick is a special education teacher and blogger. She has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. Prior to that time, she worked with emotionally disturbed youth in residential and group home settings. She is clever and creative and enjoys supporting students with special education needs. ___________________________________________________________________________ Renee Tompkins is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Services. She is an amazing and energetic professional with fifteen years of experience working directly with special needs students. She also serves as a board member of the Special Education Foundation and supports fundraising efforts for teachers within the Poway Unified School District. She is currently employed with the Poway Unified School District and she delivers services to both groups and individuals in the transition program working with adults eighteen-years-- twenty-two years of age. Her current responsibilities include organizing and running a healthy relationship program with both men and women with intellectual disabilities.

Should students be involved in the IEP process?

One of the families that I work with wants to know if their son, Tom should participate in the IEP process? This question has many layers to it:  the age of the student; the topics to be discussed; the qualifying … Continue reading

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I have a friend, Tayna, who has a six year old autistic child who is developmentally delayed and struggles with socialization and appropriate school-like behaviors.  We know that her daughter is incredibly smart but her challenges often mask her abilities.  … Continue reading

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Testing for Dyslexia

Are you noticing that your child is having difficulties with reading? Is your child having a difficult time sequencing numbers and letters? Is your child transposing letters and numbers? If so, you may want to consider testing for dyslexia.

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Can this IEP be saved?

Can this IEP be saved? Mr.and Mrs. John’s daughter, Sarah, a fourth grader, is autistic with good language and academic skills.   While out in general education classes in second-grade, Sarah would often break down and cry when she felt anxious … Continue reading

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New Teacher? How’s That Going for Ya?

“Luck is the residue of design.” September marks the end of summer and the beginning of many a new school year in districts across the country. A new teacher can make or break the school year for a special needs … Continue reading

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Parent Meditations: Canvas Painting

Today, is differentfrom yesterday.  The sun is out and the day is a blank canvas waiting to be filled.  We can paint the day with a picture that represents our mood and chose to change the picture any way we … Continue reading

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Can this IEP be Saved

IEP meetings can be stressful unto themselves.  However, there is a difference between stress where everyone is working together for the good of the student and broken stress where the team is on one side and the parents and parent … Continue reading

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IEP notes are an asset!

IEP Notes: Be Sure the Team Records the Details The American novelist Flannery O’Connor once quipped that many a best-selling novel could have been prevented by a good writing class. We certainly don’t wish for IEP notes to be prevented; … Continue reading

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IDEA IEP Goals are Important!

As I continue to attend IEP meetings throughout this summer, I grow very concerned with case managers that are unwilling to change goals or add even new goals to the IEP in an area of identified need.

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