What To Say (And Not Say) When Communicating With Your Child's IEP Team

 

If you have a child with a disability, you know that the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a vital part of their education. The IEP is a document that outlines the specific services and supports that your child will receive to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to learn.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication- What is it?

AAC What is it? Let’s Learn About It

 

What is AAC? AAC is an acronym for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. AAC is an approach to communication that is used in addition to or as an alternative to speech.

AAC can be used by people of all ages, including young children,...

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What Parents Need To Know About IDEA And Special Education iep

What Parents Need To Know About IDEA And Special Education

 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that governs the delivery of special education services to students with disabilities. IDEA ensures that students with disabilities have access to a free and...

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How Assistive Technology Can Help Your Child with a Disability Develop Independence? at ieps

If you are raising a child with a disability, you will want to read this blog! We will explore how Assistive technology (AT) can be a valuable tool to help them live more independently. We want our kids to be learning skills that will give them independence now and in the future.

 

Many...

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IEPs Vs. 504 Plans: What parents need to know 504 plan family support ieps

 IEPs Vs. 504 Plans: What Parents Need to Know

Most parents have heard of IEPs and 504 plans, but they may not know the difference between them. IEPs and 504 plans are designed to help students with disabilities, but they do so differently.

 

IEPs and 504 plans are both education...

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Visual Communication Does not Have to Complicated aac smarty symbols visual communication

Five Simple Ways to Use Visual Supports at Home

 

Visual supports are a communication tool. Visual communication supports are portable, durable, and inexpensive to make. They can help many children and adults with communication delays be able to navigate their environments and communicate...

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Modeling AAC Changes Everything aac communication device communication matters lamp words for life modeling language parent to parent course

Developing meaningful language should not take 84 years. Yet this is how long it would take a child or adult to learn augmentative and alternative communication if only worked on during speech therapy.

 

Let me explain if AAC is only worked on in speech therapy 2x a week for 20 minutes; it...

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Online Learning Resource for Teachers and Parents online learning tips & tricks

I have gone a little CRAZY over the last few months, not having school for three months, then summer, then back to online learning! It has been super hard!  I work as an SLPA and had to take most of my practice online due to COVID. I had to get creative and look at different resources. One...

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How Assistive Technology Helps Me as an Adult With a Learning Disability iep learning disability

I use to carry a lot of shame about my learning disability (LD) I was ashamed that I was different and I even felt I was not as smart as other kids and even adults due to my LD. I carried this with me for way too long!  I now realize I do not need to feel ashamed of my disability; it is part...

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So Long Exclusion, Hello Inclusion inclusion

Exclusion has been the norm for far too long! I don’t think it’s been on purpose rather a lack of understanding of what needs to change to make inclusion possible. Exclusion is a by-product of not having communities and schools that are truly accessible for all. When we design a new...

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Four Ways to Build a Strong IEP TEAM iep tips & tricks

I want to go straight to an important point, parents or guardians you are an equal member of the IEP team. As a parent, I did not understand that or my role in the IEP team. When I understood this, my role in my daughter’s IEP team changed. I understood what I need to do as a parent. Things...

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I Thought I Had Done all the Hard Stuff real life

I found out my baby might be born with some additional needs, man that was hard.

I sat there as a doctor delivered the news of a diagnosis, my heart broke and I thought can I do this? Can I be the mom she needs? In 2009 we almost lost our house, money was tight and I wanted to throw in the towel...

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