Where do I put all this IEP paperwork?
How do I prepare for upcoming IEP meetings?
Is it really possible to manage all the tasks and to-dos?
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Let's go back...
It's 6 am and the big day has finally come!
After months of watching your child struggle to do their school work, you’ve finally secured the long-awaited IEP meeting to see what options are available for your child.
Feeling hopeful and ready to show up big for your son or daughter -
You jump in the car and drive down to the school.
Pen and paper in hand... *with a deeeep breath in*
You open the door to the meeting room and -- suddenly -- your optimism turns into overwhelm as you start to question yourself.
I keep hearing parents talk about a neuropsych evaluation, do we need one?
Do I need to 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.
It's more testing...
Staff 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, behaviorist, and the head of the special ed department throwing around foreign terms.
“A PWN… What’s an FBA? A BIP what?” You say to yourself as you grow increasingly frustrated and confused.
After several weeks, and with IEP paperwork and evaluations in hand, you stop and think to yourself:
What happens now?
What exactly am I supposed to do with all this information?
All you want is your child to receive an education that will help their mind grow and make them a contributing member of society.
Suddenly reality sets in and you realize... It’s going to take a lot of work, research, and effort to understand the confusing IEP world.
Throw in working a full time, demanding job, and navigating the daily challenges of motherhood and a pandemic -- 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.
It's true. The IEP process is extensive, complex, and downright confusing.
You feel like you have to have a degree to be able to understand the whole process.
But what if I told you there was a better way of managing the overwhelming IEP system?
An organized approach (the toolkit) backed with my simple 4-step process (the strategy) that allows you to confidently walk into a room with the knowledge and tools you need to get your child the education they need and deserve.
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Here’s the ONE thing no one up to this point has told you:
You don’t know what you don’t know.
Which means you need someone who’s been through the process before, knows the laws inside and out, and can help get your child the accommodations they deserve.
You need an IEP professional on your side to provide you with a clear path forward.
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.
And, you can focus on changing your child's outcomes.
Just imagine... talking to school officials and having the following:
Curated tools for a clear and specific action plan to use for every issue that comes up, so that your IEP team listens to your concerns and takes you seriously. #organized
Resources to determine exactly what your child needs, instruction on how to get the data to support those needs, and directions on how to confidently ask for it to school administration. #progress
A crystal clear understanding of the IEP process and your parent/advocate role that gives YOU the power in that decision-making process. #empowered
Help and guidance to create clear, consistent, and effective communication with your IEP team, so no problem you have gets lost or misinterpreted. #understanding
Here is what the IEP Toolkit looks like behind the scenes, if you choose to get the Video Tutorials.
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.
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 and learn how to get the data on your side -- an invaluable perk to the parent who feels as if the school is turning their heads away from the clear signs that she or he needs extra help.
Plus the best and most helpful IEP advice you'll find online. Thousands of satisfied customers depend on it.
Here is some of what is included:
It's my complete online library of IEP resources. Get lifetime access as it is updated about every 18 months, based on input from parents like you!
Are you worried about your child's progress, or even IEP regression? The IEP Toolkit includes worksheets and trackers for you to use to track IEP goals and do your own progress monitoring. Includes pandemic specific tools!
Nervous about IEP meetings? Feel like you're speaking up, but not being heard? End that--follow my tools and documents and use language that your IEP team will respond to!
Today's Price = $24
A tool that helps get the data on your side and supports what your child needs on their IEP.
When you purchase the IEP Toolkit, you will have instant access to all the tools you need to effectively address your IEP concerns. My proven process provides a step-by-step plan for how to address the IEP team in a manner they cannot ignore. And, you'll never wonder what your next step should be.
IEP Binder Organization
It's not just about putting all your IEP stuff in a binder. I use a planned, methodical system that helps you analyze each portion of the IEP, in conjunction with the IEP process outlined by IDEA. You'll be better prepared and more confident at IEP meetings.
Huge Idea Bank!
Over the past 12 years, I can't even count how many times I've heard parents say "I don't know what to ask for." That will no longer be a problem, as this IEP toolkit includes hundreds of ideas for IEP goals, accommodations, strategies, a FAPE guide and more.
Letter Templates and Communication
Having a paper trail is the key to a successful IEP process. I'm including letter templates for you to swipe and use to send to your team. Plus, other worksheets to document communication between you and the IEP team.
Parents Rights Booklet
Yes, we all get a copy of our Procedural Safeguards. But I'm including another copy at the end of this toolkit. Just an added convenience so you don't have to go looking for it.
New for 2022
Bring some mindfulness and future planning to your IEP meetings. The latest IEP Toolkit addition is 45 pages for Bullet Journaling.
*must purchase $20 upgrade to access the Bullet Journal pages, $24 toolkit + $20 upgrade
This is not an e-book. This is a 200+ page toolkit separated into nine workable sections – plus printable PDFs! Make each section work for you to better advocate for your child.
Rest assured - No matter what your IEP concern is, you will be able to run it through the 4-step process included in this resource and come out with a concrete strategy to strategically guide your way forward.
Maybe you’ve been an advocate for some time, and you just want an actual roadmap to follow each time? This is a fantastic resource to do that!
Don't IEP Alone (because you don't have to!)
My trademarked 4-step process to tackling IEPs will be a game-changer.
*sent to an email inbox as a PDF file.
The IEP Toolkit has all the tools you need to be an engaged, informed advocate and member of your child's IEP team.
I've helped 3,000+ of parents over the past decade. And you know what? Our kids are different, but the IEP Process never changes.
And, I've broken it down into 4 sequential, actionable steps for you to follow.
The end result? You get the data on your side.
There comes a time in every IEP parent’s life when he has to stand up and say, “enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your child's education experience for the better by digging in and being the best IEP advocate you can be.
I know what it’s like.
When Kevin was a baby, I spent a lot of time just thinking about it.
I purchased a lot of books on the topic. I even attended school district training sessions.
I really didn't know what I didn't know. Oh sure, all the IEP manuals and guides stacking up on my bookshelf and hard drive made it look like I was serious. All the charges on my Visa bill made me look pretty serious. But I never took any serious action.
Problem is, I thought I was taking action.
I did things like stepping out of my comfort zone and speaking up at meetings.
And I would email my team, assuming they would follow through. Yet I never got serious enough about it to really understand my rights and the IEP process defined by IDEA.
But then something happened that rocked me to my very core. And maybe you can relate to this…
One day it seemed like everything was fine. I was just going through life with two toddlers. Then suddenly, I was knee-deep in the Kindergarten Transition process. (and Kevin had just turned 4!)
I can’t even begin to tell you how those meetings shocked me.
It really was the proverbial wake up call when the LEA said "We appreciate your input Mrs. Lightner, but we will not be making any changes to this IEP today."
Because suddenly I realized I had to get better IEP meeting results or Kevin was going to end up in a placement that I loathed... and one that was really inappropriate for him.
You can bet I got serious really quick.
I stopped messing around. I stopped dabbling.
And I started learning my parental rights and how to leverage the IEP process in my favor.
It wasn’t always easy.
I quickly found out the learning curve is steep when you’re trying to learn about IEPs.
But I did it. In just about a year, I went from completely stressing about what his placement would be to a desirable placement. And, that was kindergarten -- he's in 9th grade now and still in the same placement.
"... the school acknowledged the missing elements and put a lot of them in place."
🆇 You don’t feel heard 🆇
🆇 You don’t feel listened to 🆇
🆇 And you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere with your child 🆇
And it often plays out like this:
→ Your child isn’t making progress in school as he or she should (or maybe you don’t even know what “progress” really looks like). It’s like feeling your way through the dark.
→ You don’t know how to interpret the data (or how to make it work FOR you). It’s like reading Latin instead of clearly guiding your next step forward.
→ You’re not sure how to ask for help (or know what to even ask for). You just know your child is struggling and is behind their peers and they can’t read.
It’s like you’ve been put thrust into a process that feels like entering a dark room… and no one’s turned on the lights.
Answers. Tools. Support.
My complete library of IEP Tools and Resources is there to keep you organized. It will serve you faithfully over the years and has a proven track record of success. Join over 3,000+ parents and grab your toolkit today!
TRUE STORY from my friend and neighbor, Anne: "I have listened to Lisa's talks and used her advice for years. Last year, I did specifically what she said, followed her letter templates, and sent it to my IEP team. I swear, they all sat up straighter in their chairs! They knew I meant business and my daughter's IEP got the needed changes."
"I was brand new to the whole IEP process. I had absolutely no idea where to begin. Being able to have all my daughter's educational paperwork all together in a binder is such a lifesaver! "
"Your product helped me in many ways but to be honest, the biggest role it played in me helping my son was that I didn’t know ANYTHING about IEPs at the time. Therefore, I didn’t know anything was required, that I had rights and that I played a key role in the process. Because of the organizer (and the questions it helped me generate), I went from being a mom whose son never even had an IEP to a mom whose son was approved for a nonpublic school that can meet his needs. I went from being a total rookie to an all star."
The IEP Toolkit was first developed in 2015, by me, a Special Education Advocate 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.
If you are an IEP parent, this is an opportunity that I promise you will not want to miss.
Let me ask you a question before we depart and go our separate ways…
If you only got a clear strategy that shows you *exactly* how to get the data on your side to demonstrate what your child needs on their IEP – would it be worth this small investment?
If you said ‘yes’ add the toolkit to your cart today.
Due to the format of this product, there are no refunds on the IEP Toolkit. Please know that it is designed for parents, not teachers.