The Parent IEP Lab

By Beth Liesenfeld, MOT, OTR/L

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Become a knowledgable parent advocate who understands the IEP system from all sides! This podcast aims to help you secure an IEP that provides a positive learning environment for your child without having to fight with the school by sharing "insider" information about school and IEP culture along with strategies effective parent advocates use to get what they need for their child! www.TheIEPLab.com The IEP Lab offers the Decoding IEP Data Online Workshop, self paced and supported courses, and the virtual Parent IEP Advocacy Summit in September 2022!

Episode Date
E91: Occupational Therapist (OT) [IEP Team BONUS Series]
25:54

In this IEP Team Bonus Series we are talking about occupational therapists, my own profession! It's a little bit more in depth than you likely need...but then again...OTs are one of those professions that can cover a LOT when it comes to supporting your child!

In this episode we discuss:

1) What requirements an OT needs to practice in the schools

2) What an OT actually can DO for your child

3) Some school cultural barriers to advocating directly for "more OT" for your child

Join Facebook Group

Download the FREE IEP Process Step-By-Step Guide

Shownotes

Dec 08, 2022
E90: 4 Levels of Placement with Angelica Medrano
31:50

Placement is one of the hardest things to get "right" right now. This is because while special education "isn't a place, it's a service," schools still have a framework for assigning caseloads and having some sort of order for their staff...

...and that leads to support levels where children are encouraged to fall within a certain placement.

In this episode with Angelica Medrano, we discuss:

1) What these 4 levels of placment are

2) What determines the placement

3) What that placement looks like

4) Key factors that are so important for parents to know so they can get their child the right support placement!

Free Step-By-Step Guide

Join the Facebook Group!

Shownotes

EDUPrepSpace (Angelica Medrano)

 

 

 

Dec 06, 2022
E89: School Psychologists [IEP Team BONUS Series]
18:26

Welcome to this week's IEP Team Bonus Series Episode!

Today we talk about the qualifications of a school psychologist, a but about the difference between school and clinical psychologist, and what they actually DO inside the school!

Facebook Group

**NEW** Free Guide: IEP Process Ste-By-Step Guide (including when to share parent input!)

Shownotes

Dec 01, 2022
E88: Parent Rights, Inclusion & Placement with Ashley Barlow
01:08:28

Welcome to a little bit of a more casual episode that's PACKED with information and context about the special education process!

Today's guest is Ashley Barlow of The Special Education Advocacy Podcast. A former special education teacher, parent to a child with Down Syndrome, and special education attourney. 

In this episode we discuss:

1) Parent Rights

2) Inclusion (including a non-deffinition of inclusion...)

3) and Placement!

And Ashley asks me about the role of OT, patterns of parent advocacy that were effective, and goals!

**NEW** Freebie: IEP Process Step-By-Step Guide (& when to share parent input to feel heard!)

Facebook Group

Shownotes

 

Nov 29, 2022
E86: Why Collaboration? With Lisa Baskin-Wright
39:12

We talk about how imporatant collaboration is...but it doesn't always work, right?

In this episode, Lisa Baskin-Wright, a general education teacher first, then a parent advocate for her daughter, talks about her own experience with working with her child's IEP team using collaborative methods, what happened when that failed, and why she continues to try to return to collaboritive efforts as much as possible in her work as an Advocate!

Shownotes

Facebook Group

LAST WEEK TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK (and get a freebie in the process, too!)
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
  4. You have until Thanksgiving 2022 to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!

 

 

Nov 22, 2022
E87: Speech Language Pathologists [IEP Team BONUS Series]
27:01

**LAST DAY FOR GIVEAWAY!!**

I used to think Speech Language Pathologists (SLP's) just helped people to talk more clearly...

...turns out they do A LOT more than that!

In this epispode we discuss:

-Qualifications for SLP's (and a TINY but about SLP Assistants)

-Speech Therapy scope of practice (articulation, expressive & receptive language, pragmatics, and augmentitive and alternitive communication)

-Roles (case manager, treatment provider)

Shownotes

Join the Facebook Group!

**LAST DAY TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!**

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
  4. You have until Thanksgiving 2022 to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Nov 21, 2022
E85: Preschool Teachers (General Education AND Special Education (ECSE's)!
21:15

Welcome to the 4th week of the IEP Team Bonus Series!

Today we ae talking preschool teachers, and there are 2 different situations!

1) A district hires a preschool teacher who is a general education teacher AND an "itenerant" ECSE (early childhood special education teacher)

2) A district can hire someone who is DUAL certified and is the general education teacher AND the ECSE!

In this episode we break down each situation, what the qualifications are, and what their job actually looks like!

All to give you a little context on what's happening "behind the scenes" in preschool classrooms!

SHOWNOTES

JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP!

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Nov 17, 2022
E84: How to Get an Aid/Paraprofessional/Para/Para-pro!
25:42

We are finally talking about it!

Today's episode is about 1:1 or getting a para for your child and what school team's consider when they are making this decision!

 

In this episode we talk about:

1) What schools look for when determining if your child has a para need.

2) How to structure your ask!

3) Why you may get pushback from the school and how to overcome this pushback.

Shownotes

Facebook Group

 

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!

 

Nov 15, 2022
E83: General Education Teacher [IEP Team BONUS Series]
26:08

This week we are talking about General Education Teachers!

A STRONG ally for you and your child...but also may have some similar feelings about IEP meetings as you do :)

In this episode we cover:

1) Education/Qualifications

2) How they are involced in the SPED process (including the section of the IEP Meeting you do NOT want them to miss!)

3) What they actually DO for your child!

Also! Here is the information to enter the giveaway!

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Nov 10, 2022
E82: Tier 2 Support: MTSS/RTI/SST with Sabrina Axt
32:25

Multitiered Systems of Support (but called MANY other similar names) is a system outside of the special education system that provides targeted support to children. 

But why are we talking about it on an IEP podcast???

Because...

1) You may be a parent trying to get your child an IEP but are getting pushed towards the MTSS system first (this can be good or bad!)

2) You may be seeing a need your child has that isn't covered by their IEP currently...and they may want to provide support for THIS need through MTSS process first.

Shownotes

Facebook Group

Connect with Special Education Attorney Sabrina Axt: https://www.axtlegal.com/

 

Prizes:

-ALL submissions will receive an exclusive “Accommodations 101 Guide”  

-10 winners of IEP 101 Parent Workbook (make your 30-day advocacy plan!) $19 value

-5 winners of the December Decoding IEP Data Workshop ($27 value)

-Grand prize winner of The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course ($249 value)

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Picture of podcast review
    4. What topics would you love to see on the podcast
    5. Any guests you know that would be helpful to have on the podcast?
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Nov 08, 2022
E81: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher & Teacher of Visually Impaired [IEP Team BONUS Series]
20:36

IEP Team BONUS Series: DHH & TVI!

This series is all about giving you the most basic context for what qualifications each IEP team member has and what they do so you know who you should go to on the team to advocate for what need!

In this episode we discuss:

-Deaf/Heard of Hearing Teachers: Their qualifications, responsibilities, and what they actualy do as a service provider

-Teacher of Visually Impaired: Their qualifications, responsibilities, and what they actually do as a service provider

-Also a bit of context into what their job could look like (aka "itenerant") and what that means when looking at service provision!

ALSO don't forget about the HUGE giveaway! Here are the links you need to enter:

Prizes:

-ALL submissions will receive an exclusive “Accommodations 101 Guide”  

-10 winners of IEP 101 Parent Workbook (make your 30-day advocacy plan!) $19 value

-5 winners of the December Decoding IEP Data Workshop ($27 value)

-Grand prize winner of The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course ($249 value)

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Picture of podcast review
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Nov 03, 2022
E80: Accommodations: A Trial and Error Approach!
24:58

Episode 80: Accommodations Trial And Error Approach!

 

Getting your child the right accommodations can take some time. It’s all about trying different accommodations and seeing which ones work and which don’t work. But how do you know what accommodations are actually being implemented at school? 

 

In this episode, we are digging into figuring out which accommodations are actually being used at school, how to figure out what ones are working or not working, and how to advocate for your child to get the most beneficial accomodations for them.



Enter our HUGE GIVEAWAY:

  1. Rate and review the show in your podcast player to submit in the form
  2. Make sure your on the IEP Lab mailing list 
  3. Fill out the short submission form

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode80

 

Decoding IEP Data Workshop: theieplab.com/data


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Nov 01, 2022
E79: Special Education Teachers: Qualifications & What They Do! [IEP Team BONUS SERIES!]
22:05

[Scroll down for giveaway details!]

Welcome to the FIRST EPISODE of the IEP Team Bonus Series!

If you voted to continue the bonus series theme AND that you wanted this IEP Team theme thank you! 

Today we are talking about special education teachers!

Here is what we cover:

1) What qualifications does a SPED Teacher have (education, licencing, etc)

2) They can be case managers AND direct service providers for your child -- sometimes one and sometimes both!

3) What interventions they do and what that looks like!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode79

ALSO Here is the Giveaway Information!

Prizes

-ALL submissions will receive an exclusive “Accommodations 101 Guide”  

-10 winners of IEP 101 Parent Workbook (make your 30-day advocacy plan!) $19 value

-5 winners of the December Decoding IEP Data Workshop ($27 value)

-Grand prize winner of The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course ($249 value)

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Picture of podcast review
    4. What topics would you love to see on the podcast
    5. Any guests you know that would be helpful to have on the podcast?
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Oct 27, 2022
E78: What is an Educational Therapist? With Wendy Taylor
27:43

Episode 78: What is an Educational Therapist? with Wendy Taylor

 

Are you looking for a way to get your child more support outside of the school setting but aren’t sure who can help? Wendy Taylor of Learning Essentials is sharing all about educational therapists today. 

 

She is giving us all the details on what an educational therapist is, what they do and the services they provide, and when it might be a good idea for parents to look into services from an educational therapist for their child.

 

GIVEAWAY INFO:

  1. Rate and review the show in your podcast player to submit in the form
  2. Make sure your on the IEP Lab mailing list 
  3. Fill out the submission form

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode78

 

Decoding IEP Data Workshop: theieplab.com/data

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

 

FREEBIE: 10 Free Tips to Prep for an IEP Meeting

 

Check out the Learning Essentials Website

Oct 25, 2022
E77: Giveaway! [Enter by Thanksgiving 2022!]
09:01

Today we are taking a minute to celebrate me being able to work on The IEP Lab full time for 1 year! Wahoo!

In celebration, we are doing a HUGE giveaway in exchange for podcast reviews!

Here is the skinny:

Prizes:

-ALL submissions will receive an exclusive “Accommodations 101 Guide”  

-10 winners of IEP 101 Parent Workbook (make your 30-day advocacy plan!) $19 value

-5 winners of the December Decoding IEP Data Workshop ($27 value)

-Grand prize winner of The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course ($249 value)

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Rate and Review the Podcast in your preferred player & take a screenshot to submit!
  2. Make sure you are on the email list by CLICKING THIS LINK TO SIGN UP
  3. CLINK THIS LINK to fill out your submission form!
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Picture of podcast review
    4. What topics would you love to see on the podcast
    5. Any guests you know that would be helpful to have on the podcast?
  4. You have until Thanksgiving to fill out your form to be entered into the drawings!
Oct 20, 2022
E76: Paraprofessionals/Aides/Paraeducators/Para's
20:28

**FREE LEVERAGING PARENT ROLE IN IEP WEBINAR THIS WEEK!**

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Episode 76: Paraprofessionals/Aides/Paraeducators/Paras

 

Does your child receive support from a paraprofessional but you aren’t quite sure what a paraprofessional is or does? If you have questions about paraprofessionals, this episode is for you!

 

We are diving into who paraprofessionals are, what they do, how they fit into IEPs, and why good paraprofessionals are so beneficial to students with IEPs.



Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode76

 

Decoding IEP Data Workshop: theieplab.com/data


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Oct 18, 2022
E75: Multiple Disability [Eligibility Category BONUS Series]
25:43

Welcome to the final installment of the Bonus Eligibility Category Series!

In this episode, we dive into Multiple Disability eligibility category.

There is reason why this one is last on the list -- because there are other categories that combine to make this one! So be sure to scroll back through your podcast player to explore the other categories, too!

In this episode:

1) We use the Colorado State Checklist as an example to talk about what is required for this category.

2) We discuss common missed opportunties for amazing parent advocacy in the eligibility or re-eligibility process!

3) We talk about some common sticking points related to this category!

If you need help locating your state's eligibility definitions or checklists, jump into the Facebook group and ask us to help you locate it!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode75

Decoding IEP Data Workshop Registration

The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course

Oct 13, 2022
E74: The "D" Word: Data!
11:24

Episode 74: The "D" Word: Data!

 

Understanding data is key to effectively advocating for your child! But what does the data in your child’s IEP even mean?

 

In this episode, we’re covering what you need to know about data so you can be prepared when you walk into your next IEP meeting, We are diving into what IEP data is, where you should find it in the IEP, and why it is so important when advocating for your child.



Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode74

 

Decoding IEP Data Workshop: theieplab.com/data


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Oct 11, 2022
E73: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) [Eligibility Category BONUS Series]
28:00

Traumatic Brain Injuries are one of the hardest categories because that injury is one that is unseen to the naked eye. Many times behaviors and vision complications are just missed because this category requires a lot of medical knowledge.

Fortunately, there are a ton of resources for this category (especially in states like Colorado and Pennsylvania!) and anyone across the country can access resources and education from these states!

In this episode we: 

1. Use Colorado's eligibility checklist as an example to break down TBI

2. Talk about commonly missed opportunities for parent advocacy to get that effective IEP in this process

3. Talk about resources and frameworks that help the school IEP team not miss a need that your child may have!

Shownotes

Facebook Group

Colorado's Building Blocks of Brain Development and Resources

Oct 10, 2022
E72: Discovering Your Child's Strengths with Staci Neustadt
21:28

We all want our children to get the best support possible. In today’s episode, Staci Neustadt from Making Sense of Autism is joining us and sharing how to figure out your child’s strengths and how to use that information to get them the best support they can have.

 

Staci Neustadt is a Speech-Language Pathologist and CEO of Making Sense of Autism. She is sharing the framework they use to help parents, teachers, and professionals figure out a child’s strengths and how to use that information to get the child the support they need to be successful. Plus, she is sharing forms they use to help parents figure out their child’s strengths!

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode72

 

VIP Summit access: theieplab.com/summit

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab


Staci’s Website: www.makingsenseofautism.com

Oct 04, 2022
E71: Developmental Delay [Eligibility Category BONUS Series]
32:13

***DOORS ARE OPEN TO THE ULTIMATE PARENT IEP PREP COURSE!***

Developmental Delay is...a little bit different than the other eligibility categories!

In this episode we cover:

-Using Colorado's Eligibility checklist as an example, we dive into the category of Developmental Delay

-We cover common missed opportunities for parent advocacy (that help make that IEP effective!)

-AND we talk about at what age you should know that things change to a different category and what to do at that point!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode71

The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course

Sep 29, 2022
E70: Working Through Barriers to Inclusion with Kathy Brill
45:00

Are you wondering what effective parent advocacy looks like? Interested in learning more about advocating for inclusion? This episode is a replay of one of the incredibly insightful 2022 Parent IEP Advocacy Summit sessions. 

 

Kathy Brill is a nationally recognized advocacy leader who became passionate about inclusion while raising her daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. She is sharing what inclusion means to her, what barriers she faced when advocating for inclusion for her daughter, how she knew if her daughter was truly being included, and why it is so important to be very clear in the IEP about things you are advocating for. 

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode70

 

VIP Summit access: theieplab.com/summit

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab


Kathy’s Website: https://brillconsultingllc.com/

Sep 27, 2022
E69: Deaf/Blindness [Eligibility Category BONUS Series]
25:52

Deaf/Blindness is one of the 13 eligibility categories set out by IDEA (the federal law that outlines special education)

In this episode we:

-Take a look at eligibility criteria for this category taking Colorado's Checklist as an example

-Talk about complexities of this particular category (especially in light of staffing shortages)

-AND of course, talk about common missed opportunities within the eligibility process!

The Parent IEP Advocacy Summit starts TODAY! There is still time to grab your ticket and not miss out on any of the live Q&A's, raffle prizes, connecting with other parents, and learning from our 19 speakers!!!

Get your Ticket: www.TheIEPLab.com/summit

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode69

Sep 22, 2022
E68: Social Skills + IEPs with Rebecca Beaudet
35:21

Have you ever wondered what social skills you should be teaching your child or what social skills goals you should ask for in your child’s IEP? Today, we are diving into all things social skills for neurodivergent learners and IEP goals.

 

Rebecca Beaudet of the Com Collab is joining us to share their insight on what social skills mean and what the Neurodiversity Movement is. We are also covering when and when not to have social skills goals in IEPs, the reason many common tools for teaching social skills are not what is best for children, and what good social skills goals look like.

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode68

 

FREE Summit: theieplab.com/summit

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab


Rebecca’s Website: https://thecomcollab.com/

Sep 20, 2022
Welcome to The Parent IEP Lab!
01:50

Welcome! If you are a parent or guardian of a child with an IEP and want to find a way to advocate that is balanced and doesn't involve a lot of conflict, you are in the right place!!

Subscribe to this podcast to get insider information about the school culture and IEP process to get your child a supportive and effective IEP!

The IEP Lab offers:

The IEP 101 Parent Workbook

Decoding IEP Data Workshop

The Parent IEP Advocacy Summit and

The Ultimate Parent IEP Prep Course!

OR find all the information in one place at:

www.TheIEPLab.com

Email: Hello@TheIEPLab.com 

Sep 19, 2022
E67: Visual Impairment Including Blindness [Eligibility Category Bonus Series]
26:18

The Parent IEP Advocacy Summit is only ONE WEEK away!

You have until midnight of September 21st to get your free ticket (after that it's VIP tickets only!)

So scoot on over to www.TheIEPLab.com/summit to get your ticket!

In this Bonus Eligibility series, we are diving into ALL 13 categories of disability laid out by IDEA (the federal law that outlines special education)!

In this episode we:

1) Go through an eligibility checklist together to see how someone may qualify under this category

2) Talk about specific cautions, dispel myths about the category, and talk about specific challenges related to this category (like staffing)

3) Give you resources for finding your own state's guidelines!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode67

2022 Parent IEP Advocacy Summit Free Ticket

 

Sep 15, 2022
E66: Math Anxiety with Allison Dillard of Allison Loves Math
27:47

Does your child struggle with math? Does working on, or even thinking about, math give your child anxiety? Today, we are diving into math anxiety and how to help kids who struggle with it.

 

Allison Dillard joins us to talk all about math anxiety. We are chatting about what math anxiety is, the difference in the “new” way of teaching math and the way we grew up learning math, tips for parents of children who struggle with math anxiety, and what resources Allison has to help you and your child.

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode66

 

FREE Summit: theieplab.com/summit

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab


Allison’s Website: www.allisonlovesmath.com

Sep 13, 2022
E65: Hearing Impairment Including Deafness [BONUS Eligibility Category Series]
38:18

If your child qualifies under this label (or if you suspect that they will) there are a few tricky things about this category related to skilled staffing and this being a more medical-type category!

In this episode we discuss:

1) The Hearing Impairment Including Deafness eligibility category -- using Colorado's state checklist as an example

2) Specialized instruction

3) Who is typically involved on the team for a student in this category

4) What assistive technology may be supported under this category

5) Where to go to find your own state's eligibility criteria and/or definition!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode65

2022 Parent IEP Advocacy Summit Free ticket: www.TheIEPLab.com/summit

Facebook Group

Sep 08, 2022
E64: Behavioral Pediatricians & IEPs with Dr. Nerissa Bauer
35:53

Have you heard of a behavioral pediatrician? Did you know they can play an important role in determining what outpatient services could benefit your child? 

 

Today I am joined by behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Nerissa Bauer. She is sharing all about what a behavioral pediatrician is, how they can help your child get the services that they need, effective ways to communicate outpatient information with your school team, and how she serves children with ADHD and anxiety and their families through courses and memberships.

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode64

 

FREE Summit: theieplab.com/summit


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Sep 06, 2022
E63 - Intellectual Disability [Eligibility Category Bonus Series]
38:47

There are SO many ways schools fail parents with children who fall into the intellectual disability eligibility category. 

One reason is it's uncomfortable. So things get missed. The other thing is that the elementary and high schools are disconnected. 

In this episode we cover:

-Checklist of eligibility, using Colorado's checklist as an example. 

-Common implications of this category

-Examples of when this category is beneficial, and why, and examples where it isn't!

Link to Colorado's Eligibility Checklists used as references in this episode

Link to Facebook group to ask about your state's definition/find their checklists

FREE Ticket to The Parent IEP Advocacy Summit (Only free until September 22!)

Sep 01, 2022
E62: Assistive Technology Evaluations
37:48

Have you ever wondered what Assistive Technology is, what you can do to see if your child would benefit from it, and how to request it from the school?

This week we are talking about assistive technology evaluations! **Warning** how every DISTRICT does this is different! This episode is more to let you know AT Evals are a "thing" and the way some districts go about completing them depending on the size of the district!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode62

WATI Resource: www.WATI.org

FREE Parent IEP Advocacy Summit: www.TheIEPLab.com/summit 

Aug 30, 2022
E61: Orthopedic Impairment [BONUS Eligibility Category Series]
22:31

If your child has a neurological, muscular, or skeletal disorder, then this episode is for you! From cerebral palsy, muscular distrophy, spina bifita, this is a common category to get children with these diagnoses what they need in school. 

We go over the eligibility crieteria from Colorado as an example, and also talk about specially designed instruction vs a 504 that comes up frequently with children looking at this category. 

Need help finding your own state's eligibility deffinition or checklist for OI? Hop into the Facebook group and we will help you find it!

Registration is open for the FREE virtual Parent IEP Advocacy Summit! Grab your free ticket here but act quickly-it's only free until September 22nd!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/summit

Aug 25, 2022
E60: Specialized Instruction in the IEP with ADHD Experts The Childhood Collective
34:17

There’s no roadmap on what to do after you get an ADHD diagnosis for your child. It can be confusing and challenging to get the support your child needs to be successful at school. The Childhood Collective joins us today to talk about specialized instruction for children with ADHD. 

 

In this episode, we are looking at what specialized instruction is, challenges you may face when advocating for services, why ongoing communication with the teacher is important, medication and pulling back supports, and a breakdown of the different pieces of executive functioning.

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode60

FREE Summit: theieplab.com/summit

The Childhood Collective: thechildhoodcollective.com

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Aug 23, 2022
E59 - Speech and Language Impairment (SLI) [Eligibility Category Bonus Series]
28:19

If you have a child that is hard to understand (either speech - like articulation or language - grammar, vouce, or order of words, etc) then this podcast goes throught the eligibility category of Speech and Language Impairment to qualify for an IEP! 

 

We look at the Colorado State Eligbility Checklist as an example, and talk about frequently missed opportunities for parent advocacy throughout this process!

Don't forget to snag your free ticket to the virtual Parent IEP Advocacy Summit! Link to register: www.TheIEPLab.com/summit 

Link to Colorado's Eligibility checklist and further resources (referenced in the podcast): https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/iep_detsli

Join the Facebook group if you need help locating resources in your state!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode59

Aug 18, 2022
E58: Let's Talk IEP Goals with Matt Cloven
50:15

Have you ever wondered if the goals in your child’s IEP are good goals or if they are the right goals for your child? We are joined by Matt Clovin of Peacewolf Advocacy who is sharing some great insight into what an IEP goal should include. 

 

In this episode we are talking about parents’ roles in determining goals for their child, the 3 things IEP goals should include, and examples of "good" and "bad" IEP goals.

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode58


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Aug 16, 2022
E57: Serious Emotional Disability (SED) [Eligibility Bonus Series!]
25:57

Serious emotional disability is a tough category! It's a little vague, and a lot of opinion (in my opinion!) 

In this podcast we cover:

-Serious Emotional Disability Deffinition

-Go through an Eligibility checklist (using Colorado's as an example)

-Additional resources for parents regarding this category!

Shownotes: www.theieplab.com/episode57

Facebook Group:

https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab 

Colorado Checklist/Guide to Eligibility (used as an example in this episode): https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/sed_guidelines_2017-12-13 

Aug 11, 2022
E56: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
16:45

What is Least Restrictive Environment? Should your child be in the general education classroom 100% of the day? What is the best LRE percentage for students? 

 

In this episode we are diving into what LRE is, why there is no “right” LRE percentage, why LRE needs to be personalized for every individual student, the four categories of LRE, and what to consider when advocating for your child’s LRE. 

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode56

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Aug 09, 2022
E55 Other Health Impairment (OHI) [Eligibility Category Bonus Series]
25:27

Other Health Impairment, otherwise known as OHI, is a difficult category to explain, especially because it tends to be a “catch all” category for any student experiencing lack of endurance (aka fatigue) or attention concerns (aka ADHD like symptoms).

 

Our host Beth Liesenfeld, MOT, OTR/L goes through each area of the Colorado State Eligibility checklist as an example to give you a general idea of what the school team is looking for in an evaluation to qualify under this category, as well as opportunities for parent advocacy to make sure your child is supported in every area of need!



Topics discussed in this episode:

 

  • OHI or other health impairment overview
  • IEP OHI eligibility requirement
  • Where to find the OHI checklist
  • Why it is beneficial for parents to understand the checklist
  • Definition of OHI
  • Missed opportunities for advocacy in the checklist
  • Importance of having your own list of challenges for your child
  • Where to receive testing for illnesses 
  • Justifications for specialized instruction

Links to resources mentioned in this podcast: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/sd-other

https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/guidance_determiningeligibility_sped_students_ohi 

If you need help finding your state’s definition or checklist, hop into the Facebook group and join us! 

 

Make sure to rate and review our podcast so other parents like yourselves can find us.

Aug 04, 2022
E54 Emotions & Advocacy with Kyira Wackett
39:21

Our emotions play such a huge role in our everyday lives, relationships, and even the effectiveness of our advocacy for our children. Licensed mental health therapist Kyira Wackett of Adversity Rising is joining us today to share some insight into feelings of guilt and shame and how it affects our communication, how to move forward from feelings of lack of trust, anger, and pain, and how processing these feelings leads to acceptance and the ability to look at what your child really needs in order to thrive.

 

Kyira's website: https://adversityrising.com/

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode54


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Aug 02, 2022
E53: Specific Learning Disability (SLD) [Bonus Eligibility Category Series]
30:28

If your child has a learning disability (including dyslexia) are you aware of your state's criteria for qualification? Are you also aware of the MASSIVE parent opportunity to get a truly effective IEP for your child by starting at the beginning of the process (that re-starts every 3 years?!) 

This week: Specific Learning Disability (SLD) eligibility, with Colorado state's checklist used as an example!

Shownotes: www.theIEPLab.com/episode53

The Parent IEP Lab Insiders Facebook Group

Jul 28, 2022
E52: What Does a Good Parent/School Relationship Look Like? With Gary Martinez Jr of the STAR Program!
26:55

Are you curious what a great parent and school IEP team relationship looks like and what amazing things can happen because of that relationship? Gary Martinez Jr. is sharing his story about how he advocated for his daughter and took on an active role in helping his daughter both in and out of school. He talks about what he wish he knew at the start of their IEP journey, what really helped him help and advocate for his daughter, and what his relationship with the school IEP team looks like.

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode52

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

 

Workshop: theieplab.com/data

 

Connect with Gary:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000621924877

 

Instagram @gary_martinez_jr 

 

Tik Tok  @garymartinezjr2017

Jul 26, 2022
E51: Autism Spectrum Disorder [Eligibility Category Bonus Series]
29:14

Why would you need to know the eligibility checklist? It's because there are some PRIME opportuntities here to make sure your child has the right supports for EVERY area of acedemic struggle! 

We are going through the CO ASD eligibility checklist for an example, but please join the facebook group to get help to find your state's eligibility criteria!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode51

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/800719414225685/ 

Jul 21, 2022
E50: Do You Need a Facilitated IEP? With Katherine Rains (CO Dept of Edu)
31:20

Have you heard of Facilitated IEPs? Learn what they are, the process, and who can request one (free of charge) to make your next IEP feel more understandable and therefore have you advocating like a boss! Join me in learning from Katherine Rains, Special Education Regional Facilitator from the Colorado Department of Education! 

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode50

FREE Parent Role Cheat Sheet: www.TheIEPLab.com/parentrole 

CADRE website (one resource to see if your state has this service): https://www.cadreworks.org/ 

Jul 19, 2022
E49: Overview of IEP Eligibility Categories, Why They Matter (or Don't) And Why the School May be Fighting You on a Category!
27:08

Have you ever wondered why if your child has a diagnosis of Autism that the school won't qualify them under that label? Have you ever been confused about the difference between a diagnosis and an educational label? Well, today, we are going through the 13 categories and talking about the big picture of those categories! 

Shownotes: www.theieplab.com/episode49

Decoding IEP Data Workshop: www.theieplab.com/data

Jul 14, 2022
E48: What IEP Paperwork Should You Keep, And What Should You Toss?
16:26

Unsure of what paperwork from your child’s IEP to keep and what you can toss? Today we are diving into what paperwork you should keep, why it is so important to keep some of the previous IEPs, what to do if you are missing some old IEPs, and how to organize all your paperwork to make it more easily accessible to reference. Plus, I am sharing a real life example about how to utilize old IEPs to advocate for your child!

 

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode48

 

Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab


Workshop: theieplab.com/data

Jul 12, 2022
Episode 47: Tutoring and IEPs with Jessy of Ace Cookie Tutoring
17:06

Have you considered getting an outside tutor for your child but are unsure what that would look like with their IEP? There can be a lot of questions when thinking about getting outside support for your child. Today, Jessyka Coulter from Ace Cookie Tutoring is here to give us some insight on getting the most out of outside tutoring services.

 

In today’s episode, we are diving into all things tutoring with Jessyka Coulter. Jessyca is a former paraprofessional who is now using the skills and knowledge from supporting in the classroom to help students outside of school with her tutoring business. We are diving into the benefits of tutoring, the importance of solid communication between tutor and IEP team, and finding a great tutor for your child. If you are wondering if your child could benefit from an outside tutor, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

 

If you are looking to get a better understanding of what you are actually reading when looking at your child’s IEP, I have an amazing resource for you! The Decoding IEP Workshop offers live q&a with me, an informative workshop, and a Facebook group for follow-up support. Not sure if you can make it? The workshop will be recorded and you will have access to it indefinitely!

 

Be sure to join my Facebook group, The Parent IEP Lab Insiders, to ask any questions you have, connect with other parents, and share within our amazing supportive community!

 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Announcement: The Decoding IEP Data workshop is open for enrollment
  • The benefits of receiving tutoring outside of school
  • The different levels of communication between tutors and the IEP team and what a tutor’s role may be in IEP meetings
  • How and where to find a good fit tutor for your child

 

Connect with Jessyca:

 

Connect with Beth:

 

Related Podcast Episodes and Resources:

Jul 05, 2022
Episode 46: Moving States or Districts Over the Summer with an IEP: How to Make it a Smooth Transition!
28:27

Decoding IEP Data Workshop: www.TheIEPLab.com/data 

Moving is stressful enough and when you add on getting your kid with an IEP settled into a new school district, it can make things even harder. Good news! I’m here to help give you some tips that will make transitioning to a new school and new special education department much less stressful for you, your child, and your child’s teacher.

 

Today we are looking at the process of moving school districts.Whether you are moving to the neighboring district, across the state, or even across the county, I am offering some advice that can help set your child up to be receiving the best support possible in your new district. I am walking you through an overview of registering for a new school district, the importance of making contact with your new special education team as soon as possible, what to avoid when moving districts, and stories of families who moved districts so you can hear some real life examples of how to make things go smoothly for your move.  

 

Be sure to join my Facebook group, The Parent IEP Lab Insiders, to ask any questions you have and connect with others who have moved. We are an amazing community that is here to support you!

 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Podcast name change announcement
  • The first step to take when you are moving into a new district
  • When and how to make the crucial first contact with your new district
  • How to have the right approach when communicating with your special education team to best set yourself up for success no matter what district you go to
  • What the IEP transfer process looks like when you move to a new district
  • Real life examples of families who moved districts

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode46

 

Jun 28, 2022
Episode 45: IEP Accommodations and Inclusion with Tim of Action Driven Education
25:00

If you’ve wondered if there’s a connection between accommodations and inclusions, you’re not going to want to miss this episode with Tim Kretchman! We are diving into what inclusion is, common barriers to inclusion, and how to find appropriate accommodations. Plus, he shares an app that helps parents and teachers individualize education for our students with IEPS!

Shownotes: theieplab.com/episode45

Decoding IEP Data Workshop signup: More Info At This Link


Facebook group: https://urlgeni.us/facebook/IEPlab

Jun 21, 2022
Episode 44: State Standards & Goals: (How to Find Them & How Schools Use Them!)
24:42

Did you know that IEP goals HAVE to be directly related to state standards of education? Do you know this is how you can tell what your child's general education class is learning? Join me to talk all about state standards, how to find them, and of course, how they relate to your child's IEP goals!

Shownotes: www.TheIEPLab.com/episode44

Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/800719414225685/ 

Jun 14, 2022
Episode 43: School Team isn't Following the IEP? What Parents Can Do! with Vickie and Amanda from Inclusive Education Project
25:14
Ever had a school team not follow through on the IEP? Join me along with Vickie & Amanda, SPED attourneys to hear what you can do about it!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode43

Jun 07, 2022
Episode 42- End of the School Year IEP Advocacy (Should I Push for This Now or Wait?) - 5/30/22, 8.53 PM
23:35
If you are wondering if you should push for that IEP meeting to be held, or for you to request that evaluation, this podcast is for you! Context always helps advocacy efforts, so we start there with what your case manager is up to at this time of year. THEN, we will talk about the advantages of speaking up now, and some alternitives if your first choice isn't going to happen in the next several weeks!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode42

Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/365033878323074/ 

May 31, 2022
Episode 41: How to Feel Heard and Communicate Who Your Child is with Ease: How to Write a Vision Statement!
36:37

Have you ever heard "start with the end in mind"? It works for so many things, including IEPs! In this episode, we will walk through why a vision statement may be helpful for a variety of reasons! Then I'll walk you through the process of writing one (in 30 minutes or less!)

AND, of course, I have a free handout to walk you through it, too! You can get that handout at www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide 

shownotes:  www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode41 

EYA facebook group (to share your statement and get feedback):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/365033878323074/ 

 

May 24, 2022
Episode 40: [Parent Spotlight] [Emotions and IEP Prep] with Victoria from A Contagious Smile
19:37
What better way to learn how to advocate in an IEP than from parents just like you who have been there? Stick to the end to learn Victoria's reccomendations for getting your child a supportive and effective learning plan!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode40

EYA Insiders Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/365033878323074/

May 17, 2022
Episode 39- Early Intervention to School Based IEP Evaluation Process - 5322 9.19 AM
29:17
Why are these two systems so drastically different? And where do you fit it as the parent? This is actually the BIGGEST opportunity for parent advocacy, and I give you three questions to make sure you ask before the evaluation ends to launch your parent advocacy career to the next level and get the support your child needs in the school!

shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast 

EYA Insiders Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/365033878323074/ 

May 10, 2022
Episode 38: Assistive Technology Tools for Dyslexia [Listener Request!]
31:41
Knowledge of technology accommodations for children with dyslexia (or any reading learning disability) and IEPs varies SO MUCH from district to district! Listen to find out if your child has access to these tools and if they are something you want to try out!  Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode-38

IEP Paperwork Workshop: www.parentfriendlyot.com/paperwork 

May 03, 2022
Episode 37- Pros and Cons of Retention for a Child with an IEP (aka "Holding Back")
41:04
Retaining your child on an IEP (or "holding them back") is a really hard decision, frought with emotions. Everyone appears to have a strong opinion, and parents can feel belittled and judged no matter what decision they make. Not anymore! Listen to this episode to hear the pros and cons, PLUS check out the show notes for a link to a tool to help you make the best decision for your family!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode-37

IEP Paperwork Workshop Signup: www.parentfriendlyot.com/paperwork 

Apr 26, 2022
Episode 36: High Impact Accommodations for Reading and Math [free resource alert] with Jenna of Learning Link
28:27

Every IEP has accommodations, so this episode is for you! Learn Jenna's high impact accommodations for reading and math PLUS a behind-the scenes look at what makes accommodations easier for your child's school staff to implement.

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Parent IEP Starter Pack [NEWLY UPDATED] www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack

[check shownotes for Jenna's free handout for accommodations and examples!]

Apr 19, 2022
Episode 35-A Framework to Identify Hidden Needs to Make a BIG Impact
28:24
Focusing on the wrong IEP goals can put your child back YEARS and cause tons of behavior problems and create frustration for your child, you, and the school team. Don't overlook something that's right under your nose-basic needs. We discuss Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and how to use this simple framework to prioritize your child's needs!

Shownotes:

www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Parent IEP Starter Pack [NEWLY UPDATED] www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack

Apr 12, 2022
Episode 34: 3 Reasons Why IEPs are Stressful for Parents (and What to Do About it!)
36:56

Why are IEP meetings so stressful? There are 3 HUGE reasons why, and we break them down and the ways you can be proactive to stop these hurdles in their tracks! 

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Champion Your Child Mini-Course: www.parentfriendlyot.com/mini

Parent IEP Starter Pack: www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack 

Apr 05, 2022
Episode 33: How to Help Your Child with Communication Device Needs with Courtney Burnett, SLPA and special needs parent
39:29
Join me and Courtney Burnett, SLPA and special needs parent in discussion communication devices (AAC or Augmentitive and Alternitive Communication Devices or "talkers")! When to know if your child needs one, old school professional thinking to watch out for, how to request and fund one, and how to get it in the IEP! 

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Parent IEP Starter Pack: www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack 

Mar 29, 2022
Episode 32: The Difference Between an IEP and 504: Specialized Instruction!
27:14
One of the most common confusions is the difference between an IEP and a 504! As students can switch between a 504 and an IEP (in any order), it's important to know the difference if the team suggests one. You know your child best and what they need -- listen to learn and decide what to advocate for!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Free Parent IEP Starter Pack: www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack 

Mar 22, 2022
Episode 31: ESY (Extended School Year): Like Summer School, But Not!
32:07
Ever hear ESY thrown around like you are supposed to know what it means? Let's dive into why you may want to advocate for ESY -- AND why you may not want it for your child! Also, we talk about how children qualify for ESY services!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Parent IEP Get Started Pack: www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack 

Mar 15, 2022
Episode 30 -- Let's Talk Advocates! A Neurodivergent Parent and Advocate's Perspective
30:03
Many of us need an expert in our corner! Join me with Jessica Beaty, a parent and professional advocate! Join us as we talk about how to tell when you need an advocate, what they do, and how to choose one! 

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast 

FREE Parent IEP Get Started Pack: www.parentfriendlyot.com/pack 

Mar 08, 2022
Episode 29: Your Pre-IEP Pep Talk

Right now, we are all wanting more connection with those that matter. In today's episode, we discuss the state of the schools and how this is creating opportunity for parent advocates! 

Reminder that The Parent IEP Academy founding member pricing is expiring on March 1st! This is LIFETIME access to the course and support though live Q&A's.

www.parentfriendlyot.com/course 

Mar 01, 2022
Episode 29: Your Pre-IEP Pep Talk
23:04

Right now, we are all wanting more connection with those that matter. In today's episode, we discuss the state of the schools and how this is creating opportunity for parent advocates! 

Reminder that The Parent IEP Academy founding member pricing is expiring on March 1st! This is LIFETIME access to the course and support though live Q&A's.

www.parentfriendlyot.com/course 

Mar 01, 2022
Episode 28: Case Manager Insights from an Autism program Teacher -- with Gabriella Gonzalez
50:17
What is an "Autism Program"? Who does it support, what does the transition "in" and "out" of the program look like, and what are some things that make the parent-teacher relationship strong and supportive for the child? Join me with Gabriella Gonzalez as we get insights about specialized programming and even address some touchy topics such as behavior management and how this is *hopefully* changing in schools!
Feb 22, 2022
Episode 27: Questions to Ask Your Team Before a School or Team Transition (Freebie Alert!)
42:53
Is your child going from preschool to Kinder? Elementary to middle school? Are you moving, changing districts, or choosing a school within the same district? In this episode, we are talking about standard meetings and events you can ask for as well as the top 10 questions to ask the receiving team to get a better idea of what your child's school life would look like at that school!

Freebie link: www.parentfriendlyot.com/transition

Show Notes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/episode-27 

Feb 15, 2022
Episode 26: When is it time to Hire A Special Education Lawyer? With Julie Carter from Julie Carter Law
38:21

Join me in my conversation with Julie Carter from www.JulieCarterLaw.com to discuss what attorneys provide, when it's time to get one, and how it can help you in your advocacy role!  Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Free 4-part Training on Intro to the Eligibility, 504, and IEP Process: join the group Elevate Your Advocacy Insiders

Feb 08, 2022
Episode 25: Problem Solving Options for When You Want to Feel Heard
41:09

What are your options when things are not going quite right? It's ahrd to know what approach to take-but let's talk through a scinario and what potential options you have so you can make an informed decision to help your child! Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast 

Free Parent Priority Guide: www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide 

Feb 01, 2022
Episode 24: The New Way to FBA! Helping to Support Children with Behavior Concerns in their IEP Through a Neurodiverse Lens!
41:31

As the neurodiversity movement gains momentum, parents are advocating for more supportive practices. Connie's revamp of the FBA (Functional Behavior Analysis) process has been very impactful! Listen to hear what she is changing and how you can advocate for these changes to help support your own child, as well as the challenges with terminology in the legal system in completely changing this process. I know you will love how Connie has changed the process to first change our perspective and approach students with collaborative solutions, not consequences!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast 

Free priority guide! www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide 

Jan 25, 2022
Episode 23: Parent Expectations of an IEP (And a Special Invite!)
40:57

Expectations surrounding how the process will go and how much progress your child will make. In this episode, we discuss 3 actionable strategies to gain the information you need to advocate but stay grounding in your child's own individualized plan!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com

The Parent IEP Priority Guide: www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide 

Jan 18, 2022
Episode 22: Parents Set the Tone for the IEP! No, Really!
30:39

Do you realize how much power you have in that IEP meetings? Do you even know you set the tone with your communication outside the IEP itself? This week's episode is all about those little tips and hacks to set the right tone for the IEP meeting. Don't forget about the FREE webinar series starting this week! You can register for Leveraging Your Parent Role in the IEP @ www.parentfriendlyot.com/webinar !

Jan 11, 2022
Episode 21: Why is it the parent's job to advocate?
36:47

I always thought it was odd that a parent was supposed to be this huge contributor to the IEP meeting with no training. In this episode we list the 3 reasons why you need to level up your advocating game this year!

Doors to The Parent IEP Academy open on January 18th!! Find out more: www.parentfriendlyot.com/course and don't miss the FREE webinars on the Parent Role in the IEP! Check out the schedule www.parentfriendlyot.com/webinar (coming soon) OR check Insta or Facebook to register @ParentFriendlyOT 

Jan 04, 2022
Episode 20: Covey's 7 Habits and IEP Advocacy!
45:11

Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of my favorite books. In this episode, we go through the 7 Habits and outline how they align perfectly to the skills of a great parent IEP advocate!

The Parent IEP Academy launches January 18th! Find out more information or purchase now to get access to the BONUS module-the Child Strengths Challenge to get started right away!

www.parentfriendlyot.com/course

shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com 

Dec 28, 2021
Episode 19-Power Dynamics in the IEP Team (And What You Can Do About It!)

Part 1 in The Parent IEP Academy Value Series! We discuss WHY it feels like a you vs. school situation in some behind-the-scenes information. ALSO-we discuss who will be the change of the schools as we know it (ahehem...it won't be the next president) AND how you can turn the school team into allies for your child by doing something so simple. The waitlist for The Parent IEP Academy is NOW OPEN! Click the link below to learn more about the course and the BONUS! Doors officially open January 18th!

The Parent IEP Academy: https://parentfriendlyot.thinkific.com/courses/the-parent-iep-academy

Show Notes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Dec 21, 2021
Episode 19-Power Dynamics in the IEP Team (And What You Can Do About It!)
45:10

Part 1 in The Parent IEP Academy Value Series! We discuss WHY it feels like a you vs. school situation in some behind-the-scenes information. ALSO-we discuss who will be the change of the schools as we know it (ahehem...it won't be the next president) AND how you can turn the school team into allies for your child by doing something so simple. The waitlist for The Parent IEP Academy is NOW OPEN! Click the link below to learn more about the course and the BONUS! Doors officially open January 18th!

The Parent IEP Academy: https://parentfriendlyot.thinkific.com/courses/the-parent-iep-academy

Show Notes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

Dec 21, 2021
Episode 19- Understanding Power Dynamics in the IEP Team and How to Create Allies

I get serious and straight on this one-because when I started ParentFriendlyOT I said I wanted to share what I felt I couldn't while working for the school. There is a definite power dynamic between school teams and parents-it doesn't serve anyone to ignore it. That feeling you are "less-than" is icky and infuriating. In this podcast, I tell you about how schools are structured and what to do to leverage your team and get the best out of them for their child. Listen to the end to hear your challenge for the month-and you better let me know you completed it! 

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

The Parent IEP Academy 

FREE Parent IEP Priority Guide

Dec 20, 2021
Episode 18: Specific Learning Disability and the IEP With Chelsea DiMarzio, MA, CCC-SLP of The LD Expert
49:54

If your child has a speech language impairment (SLI) OR a specific learning disability (SLD) you need to listen to this episode! Chelsea is a wealth of information about the qualification process and outside evaluations (remotely) to gain more information about your child and how to help them in the long term!

Shownotes: www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast

FREE Parent IEP Priority Guide: www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide

Parent IEP Academy: www.parentfriendlyot.com/course 

Dec 14, 2021
Episode 17- What if my IEP provider isn't a good fit?
42:29

Snag your copy of the FREE Parent IEP Priority Guide at www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide ! Have you ever had an issue with an IEP provider? It can feel personal, and of course as parents it brings out a side in us we never knew we had! This episode talks about what you can do to get the most positive results for your child with an IEP though advocating with problem solving in mind! Communication with the SPED and IEP team is always tricky, and there absolutely is a right and a wrong way if you are truly trying to help your child. Show notes available at www.parentfriendlyot.com 

Dec 06, 2021
We have an IEP, NOW WHAT?!
33:30

That IEP meeting can be a big push-and now it's finalized! With the rush and the stress over, you would think it's all smooth sailing. But how can you tell if it's a plan that is truly working for your child with a disability? Follow along as we discuss the ins and outs of following up and following through with the parent role in the IEP! Don't forget to catch the show notes at www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast and download the free Parent IEP Priority Guide (AND CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL FOR UPCOMING DISCOUNTS!) at www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide

Nov 22, 2021
{BONUS EPISODE} IEP Accommodations are for More Than School!
30:36

This BONUS episode addresses how to use portions of the IEP (specifically accommodations) to community activities such as soccer, adaptive horseback riding, you name it! All of us accommodate how and when we support people depending on their individual needs-because we know them so well! For others in the community trying to help, accommodations may be the key for success to help others support your child in community activities. Find show notes at www.parentfriendlyot.com as well as the slides from the original lecture! Don't forget to also grab your copy of the Parent IEP Priority Guide! It's waiting for you at www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide !

Nov 18, 2021
Episode 13: Intro to Accommodations in the IEP
32:48

Accommodations are the most underrated part of the IEP. Sometimes getting no attention-these are the ways we can make school a more personalized experience for our children. Find links to the research articles at www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast under the show notes for this podcast. Need some help walking through setting your priorities for your next IEP? Go to www.facebook.com/parentfriendlyot to sign up for one of the upcoming parent workshops! This 2-hour, interactive workshop helps parents as they walk through the process of determining their priorities. Space is limited, so sign up now!

Nov 15, 2021
Episode 12: The Difference Between Outpatient and IEP School Based Therapy
30:00

I read a comment by a parent who stated "I want my child to have an IEP so they don't have to have outpatient therapies." I cringed a little-because sometimes they work on the same things, but most of the time they don't! Listen to hear the difference between the two settings to decide which one is right for your child and family. Check out the show notes at www.parentfriendlyot.com and the free Parent IEP Priority Guide at www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide ! We are also open for registration for our 2-hour parent workshops to get personalized support in determining your Parent IEP Priorities! Join us at www.facebook.com/parentfriendlyot under "events"! Space is limited to 10 parents per workshop-so go snag your seat! See you soon!

Nov 09, 2021
Episode 11- What do I ask for at the IEP (Setting Parent IEP Priorities)
39:56

"What do I ask for?" You know you are supposed to advocate for your child in the IEP, but HOW are you supposed to know WHAT to ask for? Learn the 4-step process to gaining insight on what your priorities are, how to communicate them, and who the service providers are. PLUS learn from what other parents do to increase communication in their team about how their child is doing on their goals. The companion guide can be found for free at www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review! 

Nov 02, 2021
Episode 16- Outside Evaluation vs IEP School Label or Identification
47:10

Join me for an amazing conversation with Elizabeth (Liz) Leggiadro, Psyd! Liz is a licensed clinical psychologist AND school psychologist that works in BOTH settings. We discuss the differences between an outside diagnosis and access to these evaluations as well as the IEP team and their response to an outside evaluation. You can find the show notes including a link to the Colorado State's Dyslexia fact sheet Liz mentions at www.parentfriendlyot.com ! Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review-I've got some great guests just like Liz coming up you aren't going to want to miss!

Nov 01, 2021
Episode 10: Deciding Services for Your Child
34:10

Before you fight for more service minutes and pick up that rope, you need to listen to this episode! How are services actually supposed to be decided? It's not on diagnoses or even disability category. Listen to learn the process of properly advocating and helping your IEP team decide the best services to support your child's goals in the next year! If you need additional support in walking you through determining your child's IEP priorities for the next year, go to www.parentfriendlyot.com/guide to download the free Parent IEP Priority Guide!

Oct 26, 2021
The Difference Between an IEP and a 504 Plan!
27:14

You would think that if your child has an IEP, you wouldn't need to know what a 504 is, but that belief is false! If you are new to this entire process, then you need to listen, too! And did you know...your child can have a 504 and an IEP at the same time for different reasons??

This is an incredibly frequent question-because teams, just like the IEP process, don't clearly explain 504's in a clear, parent-friendly way. 504's are used as "consolation prizes" sometimes-but there is a whole lotta value in getting one for your child. 

Don't forget to check out the shownotes at www.parentfriendlyot.com/podcast and remember to download your eligibility guide at www.parentfriendlyot.com/eligibility !

Oct 18, 2021
Episode 8: What to Expect at the Eligibility Meeting
35:35

OK-so you have an "eval" coming up. Initial eligibility, re-evaluation, or a triannual review. If that sounds confusing already you need this episode! Join me in welcoming Christina Nelson, MA, CCC, SLP back to the podcast to help us get ready for that eligibility meeting. Go through an eligibility checklist with us as an example and learn why prepairing questions from the eligibility report is important. Learn what happens if your child does or does not qualify for a disability.

Oct 12, 2021
Episode #7: The Three Prongs of Eligibility
Oct 07, 2021
Episode 7: The Three Prongs of Eligibility
17:59

Have an initial eligibility meeting coming up? Perhaps you have a "tri" or a "re-evaluation" coming up? Maybe you feel like you need to request an evaluation. Are you curious or worried on if your child will qualify for services? Hear from Christina Nelson, MA, CCC, SLP of Steadfast Speech and Language Services about the three boxes that have to be checked in order for a student to receive services through special education (through an IEP). Parents of children with disabilities like autism, developmental delay, speech and language impairment, emotional disability, or down syndrome, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment or even struggles you don't know quite how to articulate yet can learn the eligibility process.

To find out more about Christina's work with helping parents find their journey and make decisions after a diagnosis, find her on Facebook @SteadfastSLP or her website at www.steadfastslp.com 

Download your free eligibility guide to have a visual about the 3 ways of how students enter into the special education system through an IEP by going to  www.parentfriendlyot.com/eligibility

Oct 04, 2021
Episode 6: The Story of The Parent IEP Academy
28:46

So I got a little personal in this one...but it's important for me to share my values of why I think information is POWER and why I believe parents NEED to be educated about the IEP system before they can ever leverage the system to build the skills their child needs. If you have a child with a disability in the US on an IEP this one is for you. Hear a sneak peek about what is to come from free webinars and lives this coming week-just in time for The Parent IEP Academy doors open next week!

Sep 28, 2021
#1 podcast episode-1

Don't have your phone or podcast player handy? (Oh come on-I know you are listening at work and just want it on your computer! :D

Click the link below to listen in your browser!

https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=20314907

SHOW NOTES:

Of course, you will have to listen to hear all the details!

But here is the skinny:

You are the parent of a child with a disability.

You will be with this amazing, beautiful, sometimes complex, and life changing child for MORE TIME THAN ANYONE ON THE IEP TEAM.

So, although it isn't your paid job to know IEPs or how to advocate....

You KNOW you need to know the system in order to be the voice for this child.

This podcast has a TON of not only tips and tricks from attendance of 80+ meetings per year (by yours truly-and this is ALL LEVELS-age 2.5 years to 21!)

BUT I also have some AMAZING guests lined up-both parents who have been through this process AND parent friendly professionals.

If you follow me on Instagram (@ParentFriendlyOT---go follow now if you don't already!) You already know I don't tell parents what to do.

I provide education and what I know has worked in the past and let you decide.

I'll jump start your creativity

I'll educate you about the IEP process

But ONLY you know your child best. Only you can make those awesome, amazing decisions of what you would envision for them in the future.

The IEP is your vehicle, your way of writing that vision and plan down. The IEP team is there to support you and your child.

Let's do this. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts NOW to not miss a thing! (We're on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, you name it!)

Talk soon!

Beth

Sep 21, 2021
#1 Podcast Episode-1

Don’t have your phone or podcast player handy? (Oh come on-I know you are listening at work and just want it on your computer! 

Click the link below to listen in your browser!

https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=20314907

SHOW NOTES:

Of course, you will have to listen to hear all the details!

But here is the skinny:

You are the parent of a child with a disability.

You will be with this amazing, beautiful, sometimes complex, and life changing child for MORE TIME THAN ANYONE ON THE IEP TEAM.

So, although it isn’t your paid job to know IEPs or how to advocate….

You KNOW you need to know the system in order to be the voice for this child.

This podcast has a TON of not only tips and tricks from attendance of 80+ meetings per year (by yours truly-and this is ALL LEVELS-age 2.5 years to 21!)

BUT I also have some AMAZING guests lined up-both parents who have been through this process AND parent friendly professionals.

If you follow me on Instagram (@ParentFriendlyOT—go follow now if you don’t already!) You already know I don’t tell parents what to do.

I provide education and what I know has worked in the past and let you decide.

I’ll jump start your creativity

I’ll educate you about the IEP process

But ONLY you know your child best. Only you can make those awesome, amazing decisions of what you would envision for them in the future.

The IEP is your vehicle, your way of writing that vision and plan down. The IEP team is there to support you and your child.

Let’s do this. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts NOW to not miss a thing! (We’re on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, you name it!)

Talk soon!

Beth

Sep 21, 2021
Episode 5: The Parent Role in the IEP
22:30

Do you ever get nervous when your child’s IEP is around the corner? Do you ever feel like you are a necessary but unwelcome guest at the meeting? Do you ever feel lost in the meeting and not sure what to do? Listen to feel empowered and excited about the parent role in the IEP-it really is super important and you NEED to be there! From sharing about your history and culture to steering the ship-learn all about how taking the offensive and putting in the work to be a great advocate really does pay! 

Sep 21, 2021
5 Myths of Special Education
21:44

Special education doesn't look at all like what we experienced when we were children. With added restrictions about visits, it's hard to know what this looks like, what other parents ask for as far as IEP meetings go, and feel like you don't have a seat at the IEP table. In this episode, learn the parent role in the IEP, what LRE means, and a little about service providers, too. Check out www.parentfriendlyot.com for shownotes and free downloads mentioned in the episode!

Sep 13, 2021
Elevate Your Advocacy Podcast: Episode 1

Elevate Your Advocacy Podcast: Episode 1

Why You Should Subscribe

To This Podcast!!

Don't have your phone or podcast player handy? (Oh come on-I know you are listening at work and just want it on your computer! :D

Click the link below to listen in your browser!

https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=20314907

SHOW NOTES:

Of course, you will have to listen to hear all the details!

But here is the skinny:

You are the parent of a child with a disability.

You will be with this amazing, beautiful, sometimes complex, and life changing child for MORE TIME THAN ANYONE ON THE IEP TEAM.

So, although it isn't your paid job to know IEPs or how to advocate....

You KNOW you need to know the system in order to be the voice for this child.

This podcast has a TON of not only tips and tricks from attendance of 80+ meetings per year (by yours truly-and this is ALL LEVELS-age 2.5 years to 21!)

BUT I also have some AMAZING guests lined up-both parents who have been through this process AND parent friendly professionals.

If you follow me on Instagram (@ParentFriendlyOT---go follow now if you don't already!) You already know I don't tell parents what to do.

I provide education and what I know has worked in the past and let you decide.

I'll jump start your creativity

I'll educate you about the IEP process

But ONLY you know your child best. Only you can make those awesome, amazing decisions of what you would envision for them in the future.

The IEP is your vehicle, your way of writing that vision and plan down. The IEP team is there to support you and your child.

Let's do this. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts NOW to not miss a thing! (We're on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, you name it!)

Talk soon!

Beth

Sep 07, 2021
Your Go-To Person, The Case Manager!
24:59

Who is this case manager person, and what do they actually do? Do I have any control over who I get, and what happens if they aren't helping me advocate for my kid? 

Case managers are super important in the IEP process, as they can make your job as a parent advocate so much easier, or so much harder. 

Don't know if you have a "good" case manager or a "bad" one? We go through that as well. You'll have to listen to find out!

Sep 05, 2021
Episode 2- What is an IEP and why is it the best way to advocate for your child
32:02

Before I get into these amazing tips and stories from parents and parent-friendly professionals alike, we need to back up a sec. 

We need to talk about how the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) came to be and why it's the best vehicle to advocate for your child with a disability. We need to go over what IDEA is and what the intention was, the update in 2004 and how it raised the inclusion bar, and why it's the best way to advocate from a legal and timing perspective!

Sep 05, 2021
Episode 1: Why you should subscribe to this podcast!
13:59

Beth Liesenfeld, occupational therapist, shares the mission of the Elevate Your Advocacy Podcast: to help parents of disabled children get the most out of their advocacy efforts through understanding and leveraging the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process. Expect to hear from parents who have been through the process, quick tips and explanations, stories of real life parents and students, and interviews with the most Parent Friendly educators and special service providers. Follow @ParentFriendlyOT on Instagram and Facebook for even deeper content and access to freebies! You can also find more freebies and information at www.ParentFriendlyOT.com

Aug 31, 2021