Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed — iep

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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IEP Parent Input Statement NEEDED

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IEP Parent Input Statement NEEDED

Learn How to Create Your Parent Input Statement in a Private Group with Me HERE!   Special Education Parents and Teachers... We simply can't know where we are going with confidence if we don't start using the Parent Input statement effectively. As a former special education teacher, I know first hand that this section is often glanced over. Yes, it's filled out. Yes, parent concerns are summarized. However, it's definitely not given the time and attention it needs considering what a critical change it can make in the IEP process. Being a special needs sibling I watched my mom struggle...

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Emojis in the Special Education Classroom... is it time????

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Emojis in the Special Education Classroom... is it time????

Special Education Teachers and Parents... THINK ABOUT THIS! Communication Systems: Emojis are flooding your texts and FB comments. We live in an image rich culture. Integrating picture schedules, prompts and communication tools in the past was difficult, but it's time we catch up in the classroom and start using these simple systems with our children. Just last week, my brother (40 years old with Down syndrome) sees a cruise brochure in the mail. He loves cruising! So he takes a pic of the brochure. Texts it to me and then sends a 🎄. He's telling me what he wants for Christmas!...

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Critical IEP Parent Input Statements

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Critical IEP Parent Input Statements

Access 4 Advocacy Classes and a Private Facebook Group HERE.

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