Topic: IEP Support

The Power of Hope from Childhood Professionals

Several years ago at a professional training I conducted on parental stress, an 80-year-old mother raised her hand to share an insight. A psychologist and mother, she explained that she had a 50-year-old son with special needs. “Everyone told us to institutionalize him,” she said, “that he would be functioning at the lowest levels, and […]

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What Makes an Education “Appropriate”? Building It on Relationships

Every IEP team should assure that a child has the chance to develop emotional regulation through trusting relationships. Without that opportunity, meaningful learning is impossible.

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Disorderism: How to Make Sure People See Your Child and Not a Diagnosis

How to make sure people see your child, and not a disorder.

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Presuming Competence in Your Child: Four Tips for Parents to Share with Providers

When I met three-year-old “Tim”, he had such difficulty with spoken language and controlling his body that it was difficult to tell how much he could comprehend of the world around him. He couldn’t show his understanding with words—or even with movements. A decade later, he has learned to type on an iPad and uses […]

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Sacked by your own Linemen: Part Two

In the previous post we discussed the potential for parents to feel sacked by their IEP team.  In fact, when talking to parent groups, the topic of IEP’s usually gathers a collective sigh. Here are some things you can consider in order to gain credibility as a legitimate member, and even leader, of your child’s […]

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