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Education / IEP Meetings / Meeting Strategies

How to listen to test scores effectively

September 16, 2019
Education / IEP Meetings / Meeting Strategies

How to remember names at the IEP table

Back to School / Problem Solving Strategies

Sorting Problems into Priorities

Education / IEP Meetings / Meeting Strategies

Power Up Your Child’s IEP with “Functional Strengths”

Back to School / Parent Teacher Relationship

Ten Things Teachers Want You to Know

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How to listen to test scores effectively

It can be very difficult to sit there, trying to look calm and collected, while other people give you reports ...
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How to remember names at the IEP table

  The IEP team may often include people you have never met, included school system specialists who evaluate or give ...
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Sorting Problems into Priorities

This morning I did a search on the words “back to school special needs parent advice.” In 0.65 seconds, the ...
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Power Up Your Child’s IEP with “Functional Strengths”

Since he was 3, my son David has been obsessed with dinosaurs (a remarkably common interest of children with autism). ...
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Back to School and what Teachers want you to know

Ten Things Teachers Want You to Know

Several educators from my local school district helped us compile the “Classroom-Treatment Connection” chapter of our step-by-step guide Family Road ...
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Three Pipelines to Power in School Meetings

Three days into the first week of my first job at the bottom rung of a publishing company, the boss ...
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Effective Tips from Disorganized People (like me)

Somewhere on the bumpy road to self-acceptance, I stopped taking advice from super-organized people.  I mean no disrespect to those ...
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Caregiver Burnout: Five Great Resources for Support

In a previous blog ("Imperfectly OK Parenting"), I wrote about my own experience with caregiver burnout.  Question: Do you know ...
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Managing My 3 A.M. Anxiety

Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, once said, “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I ...
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Opening a Door to Hope

I learned a valuable lesson about hope one afternoon twelve years ago when David, then 16, lapsed into a violent ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 5: The Three “C’s” of Wholeheartedness

Researcher/writer/storyteller Brene Brown identifies three "C's"--courage, compassion, and connection-- that make it possible to live wholeheartedly despite the broken pieces ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 4: Trust Me, I’m Nice

After David hit a police officer on the school grounds, my coping skills were at low ebb.  I felt shame ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 3: My Thelma and Louise Moment

I knew I shouldn't tempt the fates by going out to a nice lunch with friends.  Still, things seemed quiet ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 2: Inclusive Classroom Drop-Out

At age 11, our David suddenly began to believe he was a T-Rex on a mission to kill all humans ...
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Imperfectly Okay Parenting, Part 1: Wholeheartedness

I just finished reading Brene Brown’s most recent bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re ...
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