Category Archives: Individual Educational Plans

Connecting

DH and I met a lovely woman at the support group we attended last fall.  Her son is similar in age to Precious and has a similar diagnosis; mild developmental disability.  I emailed Steph a month or so ago and she, her husband and her son came over and hung out with our family for…

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I’m Jealous

The recent post about the great school system from Tiffany , it made me jealous.  Really, really jealous.  This is not a feeling I often have, if ever, but I’ll say it out loud …I want what she has. We are just about to embark on the transition from Early Childhood (self-contained) to General Education…

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Seasonal Parenting

As I am typing this Winter Solstice is winding down and I am rejoicing, not in the pagan holiday sense, but in the “Hooray! Days will start getting longer again,” sense. I have been considering the “seasons” that our family goes through each year. Of course we tread through the normal calendar with everyone else,…

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Life as we know it

(reposted from the HennHouse) We’ve traded late night, happy hour dates for early morning mini conferences on raising spiritually healthy special needs kids. And we wouldn’t change a thing… We’ve traded Big Ten athletic events for seventh grade basketball tryouts. And we wouldn’t change a thing… We’ve traded philosophical discussions about politics and superpowers for…

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Advising New Parents

It’s that time of year again – time to buy school supplies, Fall clothes, and healthy snacks for the school lunch box. It’s time to pay the exorbitant school fees for our children’s FREE education. And it’s time for parents of children with disabilities to see if they will face more battles with their school…

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Preschool Decision

My husband and I are pretty conservative–I’m not talking about politics (I almost never am)–but just our general life decisions. We prefer things cooked from scratch–we don’t even own a microwave. I stay at home and my husband goes out and earns the money. Even before Charlie was born, we thought that I might end…

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Teachers

This is the time of year that many of us stress out about teachers gifts. Guess what? What your child’s teacher would like the most (they might not even realize it until you give it to them) is a heart-felt thank you note, written the old fashioned way (on note paper-not in email form) along…

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Any words of wisdom for the IEP?

I thought I had a fairly good grasp of what type of school and support he needed fir the IEP. But where I find myself lacking is what kind of supports the school can and will offer for a medically fragile child.

I’m quickly finding out they don’t “offer” much. It seems I need to ask for every possible thing under the sun and then somehow prove why he needs what I am asking for. Has anyone else had that experience?

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lists for everything

I am a list maker by nature. Lists of doctors, lists of what I need to make for Thanksgiving dinner, I don’t dare go into the grocery store unarmed or I’ll come home with $200 worth of nothing that makes 2 weeks of meals. Now I have to teach my daughter how to do that…

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I’ll teach my girl 100 words

Bear’s IEP went off without a hitch. I am very thankful for the wonderful team supporting my daughter. It was comical to see eight adults sitting in kiddie chairs around a tiny table flipping through 32 pages of goals. It was the shortest one so far. We were done in less than an hour! We…

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