Client Reflection: Divorce & Being Better Off
Stay Positive: Establishing Your Contribution to Your Child's IEP Team
NO ONE GOES INTO A MARRIAGE WITH A DIVORCE IN SIGHT AT AGE 42.
By this time in your life you almost have your home paid off and a nice nest egg in 401k. Suddenly your life is turned upside down with unanswered questions, fear, uncertainty, worry, pain, and hurt. How could the one person you trusted loved cheat on you and hurt you?
There is no rule book to follow while going thru the most difficult time in your life. I don't wish this on anyone.
MY STORY STARTS HERE.
Be Organized: Establishing Your Contribution to Your Child’s IEP Team
It is important to advocate for your child, and as we discussed in the previous posts this week, effective advocacy takes information and organization. Armed with the tools previously discussed, you’ll find that positivity comes far more naturally.
Be Prepared: Establishing Your Contribution to Your Child’s IEP Team
When you are organized, school professionals are likely to see you as prepared, organized, and knowledgeable. You can also track your child’s progress more easily. Think of your binders like photo albums- they tell the story of your child’s education.
Progress Monitoring: Establishing Your Contribution to Your Child’s IEP Team
You’re a part of a team. You expect the members of the school team to attend an IEP meeting having prepared. You may expect them to have a draft IEP with them. You will expect them to have their Present Levels of Performance ready to report and to suggest goals for the next IEP. You expect them to know your child and to be prepared to discuss his progress.
Go to School: Establishing Your Contribution in IEP Meetings
Your child’s teachers and service providers (PTs, OTs, speech therapists, etc.) must keep data on your child’s performance relative to his or her IEP goals. This data helps the team develop and track progress, tweak new annual goals, and evaluate what modifications / accommodations work for your child.
The Role of the Parent in Special Education
Go to school! You are the expert on your child. There’s no doubt about that. But has your child even proven you wrong on something? Has the mom that hosted your child for a playdate ever surprised you by telling you how many green beans your child ate?
Jack Represents Cincinnati Children's Hospital at Bengals Game
Do you feel like you are not an equal, important member of your child’s IEP team? You are not alone if you don’t feel that way. But you shouldn’t. In fact, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mentions the word “parent” nearly 450 times!
Start Thinking About an Estate Plan
Our Jack did beautifully, and he was so grown up all night. He walked nearly the entire time, holding my hand and saying "Who Dey" to people! He listened to every direction and followed along beautifully!
I was so proud of him and grateful to the Bengals and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for this experience.
Functional Goals in IEPs
You know how you’ll never be inspired to work out, but if you actually put on your gym clothes and gym shoes, you are more likely to make your way to the gym? Try the same approach with your estate plan. Try making the following decisions and taking the following actions. Consider that to be equivalent to tying up your running shoes. It may inspire you to call an attorney the following week and to finally start drafting your estate planning documents!
If you ask parents of children with disabilities what they want for their children in the special education setting, you discover that, by and large, they want what parents of typically-abled children want. They want the best for their child.