As you go between overwhelmed and livid while wrestling through your IEP files, foreign-looking documents from the school, you sigh to yourself and think…
Discover a NEW way of approaching the IEP paperwork. And, end costly, time-consuming and progress-delaying mistakes.
It’s 6 am and the big day has finally come.
After a long year, it’s the morning of the long-awaited IEP meeting with the IEP team to see what options are available for your child.
Feeling hopeful and ready to show up big for your little one, you jump in the car and head down to the school.
With files and pen in your tote, you open the door to the meeting room and suddenly your optimism turns into a slight twinge of fear, as you start to question yourself...
Because once again, it’s a pile of papers that don’t make a lot of sense to you. Not only are you even sure what each one is, you have no method of finding the information you need, when trying to prove a point.
Ugh, I am not prepared for this meeting.
I want my child to have a more supports and services, but how do I get the team to agree?
Should I bring an attorney with me? Or maybe a professional who specializes in these things?
A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach tells you that this is going to be anything but easy.
The whole ordeal is a *bit* intimidating to say the least, but you persevere and tell the team all about your child, what you think they need, and what you would like to see happen.
What you get back is a completely different story.
It’s the same old....same old.....NO.
A principal dismissive of your concerns telling you that they should be addressed outside of the meeting so they can get to the goals of the individualized plan.
A school psychologist, principal and the head of the special ed department throwing around foreign terms.
"We can't do that because...."
After two hours, and with an insufficient IEP in hand, you stop and think to yourself:
What happens now? What exactly am I going to do to prevent this from happening?
All you want is your child to receive an education that will help their minds grow and make them a contributing member of society.
Suddenly reality sets in and you realize -- I can do this, I just need the right tools.
Throw in working a full time, demanding job, and navigating the daily challenges of motherhood -- IEP exhaustion sets in and snaps your once grounded common sense and organizational skills.
At this point in the process you need guidance and a hug.
Over the past decade, I have attended hundreds of IEP and 504 meetings and manifestation hearings. With all kinds of kids and parents and school teams.
And what I've learned is this--our kids may be very different from each other. But IDEA and the IEP process never changes. It is the same process for every child.
These are the exact tools and thought processes that I use with my paying clients, and I'm making them available to all parents.
When you follow the prescribed IEP process (per IDEA) and have solid documentation, IEP meetings are nothing more than an annual formality.
Most of the heavy lifting gets done before the meeting. These are the tools you need to be an engaged, active participant in the IEP process.
You will have 4 concrete, actionable steps to follow.
The IEP Toolkit was first developed in 2015, by me, a Special Education and IEP Parent myself.
Since then, it has gone through several revisions, each time with a focus group of parents like you.
I want to make the IEP Process easier for parents and this toolkit will help get you there. Parents who have purchased it before participate in my focus groups and together we make it better and better with each revision.
Sure, other websites offer IEP binders.
But, not many of them are created by someone who is both a parent and an advocate. Most are put together by the school staff or clinicians. And, with this IEP Toolkit, you don't just get a bunch of printables. You get a live community where you can find support and answers to your questions.