Advocacy: IEP's, A Box of Chocolates: "You never know what you're gonna get."

Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get.

“My momma always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.”

Forrest Gump:

Isn’t the “You never know what you’re gonna get” feeling what you have when you finish the annual review, go through several draft versions, and the district gives you the final IEP—and asks you to approve it?

Making Decisions and Analyzing the Facts

Cartoon: Who made the decision to invite the cat?
Blackboard  Half Truths

By Brice Palmer

[NOTE: REGISTER for the next workshop with Brice scheduled May 21 at 7:30 PM ET;

Special Education in the News - Parents BE AWARE

Special Education News Topics for Parents

Special Education Articles in the News that May be of Interest to Parents

Meeting Preparation: What you need to know about what you need to know (continued)!

Vol. 1, No. 8 April 29, 2015

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Let’s say the IEP Fairy did not arrive and sprinkle FAPE dust on everything you wanted the school to change or add to the IEP.[1]

What you need to know about what you need to know!

The Elephant in the room

Our last article talked about arguments in the legal sense and how we came to have a particular set of rules and procedures for making formal legal arguments. The article also talked about how to apply the principles of those rules when we “make our case” during Team meetings with the school. Several parents and advocates called or sent email messages to me about the article. Some asked follow-up questions. Some asked for an example of how to apply the principles in real life.

Developmental Trauma and a Trauma-informed Approach to Teaching

Developmental Trauma, A child sitting in front of a school entry way with a sign taped to his back that reads Kick Me

Developmental Trauma, A child sitting in front of a school entry way with a sign taped to his back that reads Kick Me

Early Developmental Trauma Disorder stems from early neglect, abuse and/or abandonment. There are ways to work with these neurobiologically challenged children but few professionals understand the disorder let-alone how to provide an education.

Chat Log for March 18, 2015 Special Education Webinar (ESY)

Chat Log: These are questions that Brice Palmer answered during the March 18, 2015 meeting. To hear his answers, please listen to the recording.

Brice will answer your questions and any other questions on the Advocacy Forum

Laura: I am Curious as to why a parent would request ESY during the school year?

Why not ask for an IEP meeting to add more services, or hours or tutoring?


How Safe is Our School House: 2015 Report Restraint and Seclusion

Pair of restraints

Pair of restraintsHow safe is your child at school? Read the 2015 report by Jessical Butler, Esq.  Special needs children are more at risk than others.

Advocacy: What's Your Style; Adversarial or Aggressive? What's the Difference?

Photo of an old woman smoking a cigar.
Hey, can't we talk it over?

                                 Relax and Open Your Mind

Webinar Recording: Extended School Year (ESY) March 18, 2015

Power Point Slide introduction to the Extended School Year presentation

Recording of the online workshop for Extended School Year (ESY) held on March 18, 2015


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