Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed — goals

IEP Goal Tip: PLEASE include prompts in your IEP goals!

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IEP Goal Tip: PLEASE include prompts in your IEP goals!

  There's an Instagram post that is driving me crazy... actually 3 posts. So I had to speak out, even if I hardly had a voice from my cold.  If you want to continue the conversation and get more details on how to write IEP goals that make sense (and help your child make progress).... START HERE.

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IEP Topics for the NEW YEAR!

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IEP Topics for the NEW YEAR!

This past week I was consulting with awesome special needs parents who are ready to make 2018 THE year that their child makes BREAKTHROUGHS at school.  After reviewing their paperwork and really listening to their concerns... 4 areas became a priority. 1. Technology: We need really take advantage of how technology can help their daughter become more independent and assist in learning both academic and non-academic skills. 2. PLOP (Present Levels of Performance): Updated PLOPs are needed so we can work as a team and make appropriate decisions for next steps. 3. Self Advocacy: This little girl (3rd grade) needs...

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Discover What Drives Your Special Needs Child

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We all need motivators to reach our goals and your child with special needs is NO DIFFERENT! When you are working with your child's education team it is critical that you bring information to the table that the team cannot get on their own.  You know your child best and we need to turn your knowledge into action. It's time for you to Discover what Drives YOUR child and bring those motivators to their school day. You shouldn't get push back from the team when start small! Talk to the teacher about using your child's favorite toy figurines for counting...

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Easy IEP Tip: Higher Expectations on Your Childs IEP

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This is one of my favorite ways for parents to bring information to the IEP team and get HIGHER expectations happening at school!

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What NEVER to Use for Sensory Support in the Classroom

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Your child has sensory needs.  I can say that with confidence because all children, no forget that, ALL PEOPLE have sensory needs! Sensory supports still seem to boggle the minds of many teachers and even some therapists, especially when it comes to supporting a child in the classroom or within their normal routines. So before I start telling everyone what my favorite supports are for the classroom, let's talk about what you should NEVER put into the classroom. You should never put any sensory support in place that takes over the child's ability to learn. Did you just think, DUH,...

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