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The IEP Team Process

IEP Team Process Video Series
IEP season is upon us.  Everyone seems to be preparing for their IEP meetings.  Educators and parents alike are planning the document that will provide the guidance for their child’s education into the next school year.  Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center has created some good video explanations of the IEP Process.  As you watch, keep in mind that not all of their forms will be identical to Tennessee or Georgia’s forms, but the federal laws they discuss will be the same.

Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students

“For many students with disabilities—and for many without—the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications made to the instruction and other classroom activities.”

Emily on computer at school“Adaptations, accommodations, and modifications need to be individualized for students, based upon their needs and their personal learning styles and interests.  It is not always obvious what adaptations, accommodations, or modifications would be beneficial for a particular student, or how changes to the curriculum, its presentation, the classroom setting, or student evaluation might be made. This page is intended to help teachers and others find information that can guide them in making appropriate changes in the classroom based on what their students need.”

How Educators & Support Professionals Can Help Families

Barbara Doyle and Emily Doyle Iland provide some great ideas to aid educators and support professionals in making a real difference as they support families affected by special needs.  While this article was written about families affected by autism spectrum diagnoses, the ideas here can actually apply to most families regardless of the diagnosis involved.   These ideas can be found at John Hopkins School of Education.

 

Resource Review: The Caregiver’s Notebook

Caregivers Notebook Resource Review: The Caregiver’s Notebook by Jolene Philo

After just a few months of caregiving for a medically complex child, I had tried several different ways to organize Emily’s information before I arrived at a method that has now worked for us for many years.  Recently Jolene Philo shared with LifeLine her new resource, The Caregiver’s Notebook, and I know it will be helpful for many families facing the same confusion that I did in those early days.

The Caregiver’s Notebook is a spiral notebook with multiple divisions for organizing various types of records in one handy location.  Each topical division or chapter is tabbed for quick and easy access.   Let’s take a quick tour and I’ll point out the highlights and some things that caught my attention because of my own documentation needs.

Joyce Herzog – Legacy of Educating Children with Special Needs

JoyceHerzogJoyce Herzog is a gifted teacher and author of many educational products that simplify teaching for you and learning for your students. Joyce taught classrooms of learning disabled students in private and public schools for many years and has been working with homeschooling families for two decades.  She has addressed rapt  audiences of appreciative parents and teachers all across the United States and Canada.  Joyce continues to reach the world through her  writing, tutoring in her local area and long-distance email and telephone consultations.

✦ Dr. Joyce Herzog holds a permanent professional certificate to teach K-8 with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities.

✦ She taught elementary and learning disabled students for twenty-five years in public and private schools.

✦ Joyce has served homeschoolers through speaking, authoring, and consultations for more than twenty-five years.

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FamilyShare NWGA: Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping on Toes

Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping On ToesAdvocating for a loved one’s medical, educational, or other needs? How do you advocate without losing perspective? Need help with Communication, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution? Join us!

There are three characteristics that parents reflect when communicating. Which one are you? Come and find out!

Would you like to learn how to better communicate what your loved one needs? Does your child have a medical or educational plan that is not being carried out and you want to know what steps to take? If you answered yes, then this workshop is designed for you! Come and learn about your part in your child's special education, including the skills you need to work with the schools in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) for your child and the process to follow if you are having difficulties making the special education system work. Discuss will also help those families who are caring for a sibling or parent as well.

FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly Support Group Meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join us for a quiet meal, listen to a representative from a local resource share information about their organization, how to get services, and answer questions from families.  Find others who share the same struggles and joys! Join FamilyShare!

 

Price: Free Event

Date: April 23, 2015

Address:
Oakwood Baptist Church
Oakwood Baptist Church 115 Oakwood Street
Faith Building Room 102
Chickamauga, Georgia
30707 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 23

FamilyShare TN: Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping on Toes

Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping On Toes

Standing up For Your Child Without Stepping on Toes
(Communication/Negotiation/Conflict Resolution Strategies)*

Advocating for a loved one’s medical, educational, or other needs? How do you advocate without losing perspective? Need help with Communication, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution? Join us!

There are three characteristics that parents reflect when communicating. Which one are you? Come and find out!

Would you like to learn how to better communicate what your loved one needs? Does your child have a medical or educational plan that is not being carried out and you want to know what steps to take? If you answered yes, then this workshop is designed for you! Come and learn about your part in your child's special education, including the skills you need to work with the schools in the development of an appropri...ate education program (IEP) for your child and the process to follow if you are having difficulties making the special education system work. Discuss will also help those families who are caring for a sibling or parent as well.

FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly Support Group Meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join us for a quiet meal, listen to a representative from a local resource share

Meal deadline is 4/19/15.

– Partially based on the book Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping on Toes by Vicki Carauna.
-- Partially based on a STEP, Inc.'s Communication/Negotiation/Conflict Resolution Workshop.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 27, 2015

Address:
LifeLine, Inc.
1400 McCallie Avenue
Suite 112
Chattanooga, Tennessee
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 29

Special Education Basic Rights Workshop

stack_of_booksSpecial Education Basic Rights Workshop

This workshop is designed for parents of children receiving special education services or that might need special education services. Come and gain a working knowledge of special education laws, including your role as a parent in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) and how to be an effective partner with the school team in the process. If you have recently received a diagnosis or have a child just transitioning from the early intervention program into the school system, this workshop will be especially helpful.  This parent training event is the foundation for all of the other special education law trainings that LifeLine provides. While this is designed for families, educators and professionals are always welcome.

  • Eligibility
  • Evaluations
  • Team Members
  • Time Lines
  • IEP Development
  • Related Services
  • Preparing for an IEP Meeting

 

Register by contacting LifeLine at 423-622-4007 or e-mail registration @lifelinefamilies.org. You can also now register online !

 

Price: Free Event

Date: April 30, 2015

Address:
LifeLine, Inc.
LifeLine, Inc. 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112
Chattanooga, Tennessee
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 32