IEP Issues and Considerations

Dear Concerned Parent,

📜 The world of IEPs is often a labyrinth of complexity—an intricate web of documents and components, each carrying its significance. But fear not, for we have created a beacon of clarity amidst the chaos: the IEP Issues & Considerations module.

Crafted by the astute Lisa Lightner of A Day in Our Shoes, this module is your roadmap to understanding the intricate components of an IEP and the critical issues surrounding it.

Unraveling the Complexity:

IEPs are like puzzles, and in this course, we're here to help you put together the pieces. 

Let's delve into some of the core components and issues that orbit around IEPs:

🧠 Behavior Matters: Gain a deep understanding of behavior, including Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Plans—key elements that impact your child's IEP.

📝 The Power of OSEP & OSERS: Learn how to leverage the "Dear Colleague" and Guidance Letters from OSEP (US Office of Special Education Programs) to bolster your IEP advocacy efforts.

👥 Aides and Paraprofessionals: Understand how to request one, what their duties, responsibilities, and qualifications should be, and how they can support your child's educational journey.

🤝 IDEA Surrogates: Discover what they are and how to become one—an essential role in ensuring your child's IEP reflects their needs.

🚫 When Services Are at Risk: What do you do when the school personnel want to remove supports and services, but you firmly believe they're needed? Navigate this challenge with confidence.

🏫 Dealing with School Refusal: Explore this unfortunate trend in special education and learn effective strategies to address it.

👊 Combatting Bullying: Disabled students are more than 7x more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. Equip yourself with the tools to protect your child.

🤝 Private Services: Discover the role of private services in your child's development and how to integrate them effectively.

🔄 Post Pandemic Challenges: While the pandemic may be over, has your child fully regained all lost skills? Explore strategies to support their continued progress.

🌟 And So Much More: We cover a wide array of topics to ensure you're well-prepared for any IEP challenge that comes your way.

Designed for Parents/Caregivers:

Please note that this content is tailor-made for parents and caregivers of IEP students, not teachers and staff. It's your comprehensive guide to advocating for your child's education.

Your Path to Empowerment

This module isn't just about understanding; it's about empowerment. It's about giving you the knowledge and insights you need to advocate effectively for your child's education and future.

Seize the Opportunity

Don't let the intricacies of IEPs overwhelm you. Join now to access the IEP Issues & Considerations module. It's your gateway to becoming an informed and confident advocate for your child's educational success.

To Your Child's Bright Future,

Lisa Lightner

P.S. Your unwavering dedication to your child's education deserves recognition. Join us now and equip yourself with the tools to be the advocate your child deserves.

Please note: This content was designed for parents/caregivers of IEP students, not teachers and staff.

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All Things Behavior and IEPs, including FBA and BIP.

Discuss FBAs, BIP and how to have meaningful ones on your IEP.

Using Official (and impactful!) Language and Wording in your Communication to the School.

Learn the different federal agencies and the guidance documents they publish.

Aides, Paraprofessionals and Your IEP

How to get an Aide on your IEP and make it meaningful.

What are IEP Educational Surrogates? And how to become one.

Learn about Educational Surrogates and be inspired to be one!

When your IEP Team Wants to Remove Services

Troubleshooting and options when your IEP team is trying to remove services.

School Refusal, School Avoidance and Shortened Days and Weeks

What to do if your child is experiencing school refusal or needs shortened time.

What to Do When Your IEP Child is Being Bullied.

How to Respond to Bullying at School

Should you Secure Private Services?

Should you secure private services rather than fight with the school?

IEPs Post Pandemic-What Now?

Developing an advocacy strategy when the pandemic is over