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A New School Year 2016

(Arizona and her new aide, Ms. Denise) It’s our 3rd year at the public school in our neighborhood and I still pinch myself that my commute is all of 3 minutes (driving) or 10 minutes (walking). It hasn’t been an easy road getting Arizona into a mainstream classroom with all of the support she needs, […]

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A New School Year 2015

(Walking to school!) Today, Arizona starts 2nd grade. It is her second year at a mainstream public school in a general education classroom. For the 2.5 years prior to coming to this school, we crossed town in lots of traffic to get to Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center. And because it was such […]

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IEP : Special Education Advocates

(My happy school girl at Back to School Night this year) This year was the first time in awhile that I haven’t hired an advocate to come along to an IEP meeting. It ended up being the right decision, because it was one of the most agreeable meetings I’ve participated in for Arizona. In fact, […]

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Tips for a “LOW STRESS” IEP Process

(Happy School Girl!) Last week, I gave a brief introduction about what an IEP is and the basic steps in the process. This week, I want to provide my top 5 tips that will help ground you and get you through the process with as little stress as possible. Here they are : Understand Your […]

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What is an IEP?

(Arizona walking to school, August 2014) As the school year starts to wind down and I’m starting to prepare for Arizona’s upcoming IEP meeting, I thought it would be the perfect time to explain what an IEP is and the various steps in the process. An IEP stands for Individual Education Plan, a document put […]

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