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Everyone Wants a Friend

Everyone wants a friend and we all have different ways of making connections and developing relationships. Some people may believe that friendships happen by chance, however, what we know is that parents play a vital role in developing and building … Continue reading

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Are your concerns being heard at IEP meetings?

One of the best ways to share your concerns at an IEP meeting is by communicating openly and honestly.  Write your concerns down on paper and make sure they make sense. Consider sharing your concerns prior to the IEP meeting … Continue reading

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TEACHERS VIEW OF ADVOCATES

Disclaimer:  I am a teacher. I have been one for nearly 20 years.  I have had many different dealings with advocates, and my opinion is skewed as unfortunately, I have not had a positive meeting when an advocate is present.

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IEP: Special Factors page

The IEP contains many pages and each page is interrelated. What appears on the Present Levels page is supported on specific pages throughout the IEP. For instance, any area of identified needs is supported with what is written on Special … Continue reading

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Teenage Brain

Imagine a bush that needs pruning.  It is growing in all sorts of directions, with branches all different lengths.  The branches have different numbers of leaves on them, and are reaching in a variety of ways.  There seems to be … Continue reading

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Understanding Your IEP Pages

Navigating your IEP may feel taxing because of its size. The document often contains many pages because it needs to describe your student’s strengths, interests, academic areas of needs, social emotional needs, fine and gross motor needs, health, accommodations and … Continue reading

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Adding Academics to Your Day

Summer is busy and it is often difficult to fit extra support for academics into one’s schedule. So it is time to think creatively and turn every family activity into a learning activity. If you are driving your children to … Continue reading

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Sleep Delivers Benefit

In addition, to keeping up with reading and mathematics this summer, it is a good idea to pay attention to your child’s sleeping patterns.  How many hours a night and the type of sleep your  child gets has a direct … Continue reading

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Second guessing your IEP meeting is okay!

Recently, I received a copy of an IEP and psychological report from a concerned parent of a second grade student.  Please note the student’s name has been removed; this scenario could refer to anyone male or female. The IEP team … Continue reading

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Trains, Planes and Automobiles: A Meditation

Trains, planes and automobiles: my version of lions, tigers and bears –oh my! Some of my most challenging experiences with my special needs child were when he was young and I had to cart him along on a two-hour airplane … Continue reading

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