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The IEP process and the world of special education can be confusing and overwhelming for parents, teachers, and students, alike. But it doesn’t have to be! Learning Essentials has teamed up with experts to give you valuable insights into the IEP process and the world of special education —and it’s free! Join Wendy Taylor, M.Ed., ET/P as she hosts educators, psychologists, and other medical providers who provide pro tips on what to ask, what to bring, and what to take away from your next spec ...
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In this episode, we uncover the essence of specialized instruction, what it truly means, and how it can transform your child's educational journey. Specialized Instruction Defined: Individualized: Personalized to address each student's unique needs and learning style. Differentiated: Modifying teaching methods, materials, and assessments to accommo…
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." In this next episode, Laurie has a conversation with a guest named Jennifer, a mother of four children with learning disabilities, who shares her family's journey through diagnoses and coping strategies.Resourc…
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🔍 Understanding Dyscalculia: Dyscalculia as a lifelong neurodiversity: a condition impacting various aspects of life. Limited research compared to dyslexia highlights the need for increased awareness and understanding. 💪 Empowerment Through Support: Importance of early intervention: reducing anxiety and providing tools for self-advocacy. Navigating…
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In this dynamic episode, we delve into the intricate process of crafting and achieving Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals with precision, adaptability, and collaboration. The host emphasizes the dynamic nature of the journey and the importance of ongoing evaluation, adjustment, and collaboration. Key Takeaways: Precision in Goal-Setting: …
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." In this next episode, Abbey has a conversation with a guest named Michelle, who shares her experiences as a parent navigating learning challenges with her daughter. Michelle discusses the struggles she observed…
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In this illuminating episode, host Wendy Taylor delves into the world of behavior modification with special guest Teri Bullis, Ph.D., BCBA. The focus is on the pivotal role of rewarding desired behaviors and effectively disciplining undesired behaviors using behavior modification techniques. The episode unfolds as a guide to understanding behavior …
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." In this next episode, Abbey has a conversation with a guest named Sarah Noble, who talks about her experience with her daughter Alexandra, who has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Sarah shares how the fam…
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Key Takeaways: 1️⃣ Tailoring Services to Individual Needs: Definition and role of the IEP service page. Detailed and individualized account of services throughout the school day. Addressing specific challenges and requirements identified in the evaluation process. Clear understanding for parents regarding support mechanisms and alignment with goals…
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." In this next episode, Abbey has a conversation with a guest named Tricia Allen. Tricia shares her experience with her middle child, Sydney, who displayed intense emotions from a young age. Sydney's struggles be…
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." In this next episode, Abbey has a conversation with a guest named Jennifer Fulbright. Jennifer discusses her son's struggles before any diagnosis, both academically and behaviorally, especially with phonics, ph…
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Join us on an exhilarating journey into the often-overlooked realm of transition planning! Your host Wendy Taylor and special guest, Tom Liniak, a trailblazing attorney and dedicated parent, aim to unlock the secrets of successful transitions for disabled individuals. Takeaway 1: Transition Tango! Unpacking the critical role of transition planning …
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." In this next episode, Abbey has a conversation with a guest named Katherine Zimmermann. The podcast focuses her son's specific journey involving dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD, delving into the challenges their…
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Unpacking the IEP Essentials: Explore the crucial role of Present Level of Performance (PLOP). Learn how accurate assessments impact legal compliance. Discover the importance of active parental involvement beyond paperwork. Clear Goals: Dive into the legal emphasis on clear, measurable goals. Understand the collaborative process in goal-setting. Fi…
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In this episode, we welcome Frances Schefter, an attorney specializing in IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) and the law. Frances shares her personal experience as a parent sitting at the IEP table and feeling overwhelmed and stressed. She discusses the importance of having a stress-free IEP experience and provides valuable information for pa…
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In this episode, Laurie and Abbey introduce their new series called "Turning Struggles and Triumphs: Parenting through Learning Challenges." Over the next 12 episodes, they plan to share stories from parents who have experienced the challenges of having a child with learning disabilities. Starting off the series, Maria and Jaime discuss their exper…
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What's PWN? PWN, or Prior Written Notice, is your backstage pass to understanding school recommendations and your child's educational journey. It's your GPS, guiding you through changes in your child's education – from identification to FAPE. The Power of PWN PWN isn't just a piece of paper; it's a superhero cape for parents. It's your right to be …
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey introduce a special episode recorded during their annual director's retreat in Austin, TX. The hosts and four directors from each of the different locations of Diagnostic Learning Services engage in a roundtable discussion about testing, learning, and their experiences as a diagnostician.Resources: Let's Talk Learn…
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The Impact of Parental Stress Ned Johnson discusses the detrimental effects of parental stress, which often leads to over-emotional and overreactive behavior in parents. The connection between parental stress and intensified situations for children is explored, emphasizing the need for recognition. Ned references research findings that highlight th…
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Join Wendy Taylor, your host on "The Special Ed Strategist" podcast, in a solo episode that's a game-changer for parents navigating the world of special education. In this episode: 🔍 Uncover the Crucial Role of the Parent Input Statement 🌈 See How Parental Insights Go Beyond School Observations 🎯 Understand How the IEP Benefits from Your Involvemen…
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey chat with Cathi Graveline about various assistive technologies for students with learning disabilities. They cover resources for students in elementary school through college and into adulthood.Resources: Contact Cathi Graveline - atcoach.cathi@gmail.comModMath - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/modmath/id821892964C-P…
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In this informative episode, Wendy converses with expert guest Eric Endlich, discussing college readiness for students with special needs. The discussion touches on critical aspects of the college search process and offers valuable insights into helping students transition successfully from high school to college. Eric provides essential guidance f…
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Welcome to another insightful episode of the Specialized Strategist Podcast with your host, Wendy Taylor. In this episode, we'll delve into the crucial concept of "Due Process in Special Education" and why it's essential for parents and school districts. Stay tuned for a comprehensive discussion on the legal mechanisms, federal laws, and practical …
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey conclude their interview Dr. Justin Chelette, an optometrist from Texas Vision Therapy, delving into the topic of visual processing and functional vision.Resources: Texas Vision Therapy Website: https://www.texasvisiontherapy.comCollege of Optometrists in Vision Development Website: https://www.covd.orgLet's Talk L…
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In this episode of The Special Ed Strategist, Terryl Rosenberg, PT, DPT, explores the Cognitive Orientation Approach to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). CO-OP focuses on enhancing internal task representations and executive function skills, with four core principles: goal, plan, do, and check to …
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Welcome back to another episode of The Special Ed Strategist with your host, Wendy Taylor! In our last episode, we delved into the world of facilitated IEPs. If you missed it, you definitely want to catch up! But today, we're diving into a crucial topic: IEP mediation. It's a powerful tool in the special education process that many may not fully un…
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Dr. Justin Chelette, an optometrist from Texas Vision Therapy, to delve into the topic of visual processing and functional vision.Resources: Texas Vision Therapy Website: https://www.texasvisiontherapy.comCollege of Optometrists in Vision Development Website: https://www.covd.orgLet's Talk Learning Disabi…
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We're diving deep into the world of holistic learning, and we've got some game-changing insights and strategies lined up to empower your child or student. 🌟 Here are the key takeaways you won't want to miss: 1️⃣ Discover the Alexander Technique: We'll explore how this technique can boost physical well-being and enhance your child's learning journey…
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🔹 In this episode of the Special Ed Strategist Podcast, Wendy Taylor delves into the world of IEP facilitation, shedding light on its significance in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. 🔹 What is IEP facilitation? 🤝 It's a voluntary process where a neutral third party facilitates communication and assists in drafting the student's I…
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In this Episode, host Abbey introduces her guest, Evan Weinberger, who is the president and CEO of "Staying Ahead of the Game." Evan discusses his personal experience with ADHD and how it led him to become involved in the field of academic coaching and support.Resources: Staying Ahead of the Game Website: https://saotg.comLet's Talk Learning Disabi…
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Episode Brief: Joining us today is Destiny Huff, a mental health professional and mom turned advocate! She guides us through some of the key points of being present and on top of the IEP process. You’ll learn about what you can do to keep yourself healthy as a parent and some best practices for being a positive communicator in this one. Tag along a…
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey speak with Jennifer King of Dysgraphia Life about understanding testing processes and methods for children with dysgraphia. The discussion revolves around identifying dysgraphia, and the particular challenges it presents.Resources: Let's Talk Learning Disabilities Website: https://ltldpodcast.comContact info for th…
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey welcome back Suzette, a 504 coordinator, to discuss 504 accommodations for various learning disabilities. They focus on dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, and anxiety. They emphasize the individualized nature of accommodations and the importance of finding what works best for each student's needs.Resources: Let's Talk Lea…
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In this Episode, Laurie talks with Trina Haynes of My Lady ADHD about ADHD evaluations. They highlight the increasing demand for ADHD assessments, especially among students and adults. Laurie, who has ADHD herself, is the founder and executive director of Diagnostic Learning Services, which conducts testing for learning disabilities and ADHD. They …
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Episode Brief: This conversation will give you some amazing insight into what transitioning between school systems looks like for all types of kids, but especially for military students with IEP’s or 504 plans. Meg Flanagan offers us her expert knowledge into translating everything you have to do while you move into manageable pieces with a well th…
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In this Episode, Laurie & Abbey meet with Suzette, who is a 504 Coordinator for the school district she works at. Suzette is a wealth of knowledge for the ins and outs of section 504 and talks us through how it came to be, the purpose of the 504 plan, and how it best serves individuals.Resources: 504 Resource Guide: https://www2.ed.gov/about/office…
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Episode Brief: We are talking about everything self-care for parents AND professionals with neurodivergent children! Join us today as we break down some essential tips with Robin Brannan, LCMFT with Better Family Therapy, and learn more about how you can work simple self-care into your routine! Consider listening to this podcast as your form of sel…
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In this Episode, Laurie & Abbey review differences in evaluations, who can order or conduct these evaluations and what the approval process looks like as far as the timeline is concerned.Resources: Let's Talk Learning Disabilities Website: https://ltldpodcast.comContact info for the podcast: letstalklearningdisabilities@gmail.comE-Diagnostic Learni…
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Episode Brief: You may have never met a group of amazing professionals quite like The Childhood Collective! Join us as we talk through some of the best practices for students with ADHD. Tune in and get ready to be more prepared for that upcoming IEP or 504 meeting! This amazing conversation will get you feeling more confident for the journey ahead.…
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In this Episode, Laurie & Abbey have an open discussion on the current ADHD stimulant medication shortage. They talk through why this is happening, how you may be able to find the medication you need if you haven't been able to, and other resources or helpful natural remedies.Resources: Book: The LCP Solution - https://bit.ly/3JtG0CAInteractive Met…
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Episode Brief: Listen in and listen up to this amazing conversation with Dr. Myava Clark and her son Chris Clark Jr. as we discuss their strategies for staying safe and healthy online and on social media. Their new application, CASEN, will give children and students a chance to practice online skills, recognize bullying, and so much more. 🔑 Key Tak…
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In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey unpack some really great thoughts on getting ready for school in the new year. They talk about reviewing your accommodation plan, and being communicative with teachers ahead of time. Laurie & Abbey also discuss what it looks like for students to advocate for their own needs as they get older and even enter college.…
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Episode Brief: Rich Weinfeld lends us some of his expert knowledge and key insight to some of the current struggles that specifically male students are facing. We also get into strategies and best approaches for parents and professionals when supporting boys to be successful. Follow along as we discover some new things to think about when supportin…
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In this Episode, Laurie & Abbey interview Jennifer King with Dysgraphia Life. Jennifer shares her story of her background, how Dysgraphia Life came to be and lots of great knowledge and resources for those who are looking for more information on Dysgraphia.Resources: Dysgraphia Life Website: https://www.dysgraphia.lifeLet's Talk Learning Disabiliti…
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Episode Brief: Tune in and listen up for this one! We go into a deep dive about everything Social Media, how it relates to your kiddo, and some things to keep an eye out for as you and your family traverse the digital world. Jaclyn Halpern guides through this amazing conversation and you won’t want to miss it! 🔑 Key Takeaways: Social media has pro’…
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In this Episode, Laurie & Abbey interview Krys Kornmeier, an independent filmmaker who created the film, Normal Isn't Real. Krys shares with us about her inspiration for the film, how she got started and highlights some stories of some of those involved in the film.Resources: Normal Isn't Real Website: www.normalisntreal.comLet's Talk Learning Disa…
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