How to Respond to a Report Card

How to Respond to a Report Card

It’s report card time!  I know that causes parents almost as much anxiety as kids and want to reframe how we think about them.  Report cards are a tool for building a growth mindset through self-reflection, assessing current learning plans and goal setting.  What...
The Special Education Promises

The Special Education Promises

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) Special education is governed by two federal laws: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  These two laws are undeniably...
Parent-Teacher Communication

Parent-Teacher Communication

How to be effective and build collaboration Parents I work with know that their ability to communicate well with their children’s teachers has a significant impact on their children’s success.  After all, getting an accommodation written into an IEP or a 504 is a win,...
Summer Shift

Summer Shift

It’s officially summer!  After the year we all just had, I know that I’m tempted to let it all go – throw structure out the window, sleep all day and forget that school exists – but I know that’s not what’s best for kids.  They need to continue to move...
How to Get the Most Out of Sensory Accommodations

How to Get the Most Out of Sensory Accommodations

Many of the students I meet with have access to sensory items during the school day, but not all of them make great use of that accommodation.  For students to benefit from using sensory items, parents and educators need to select those items carefully. ...