I'm a mom of a special needs child! I'm not affiliated with any school district. I'm not a teacher. I'm not a trained therapist! I don't work for the government. I bring this course to you because I created it out of my heart and necessity because our IEP meetings were horribly tough, confusing, and I needed help organizing myself and understanding the whole IEP meeting process. I had to learn the hard way how to get through the IEP meeting successfully, because before I created this course, there was nothing out there to help us parents!
But, it doesn't have to be hard for you! I did all the work for you and bundled it beautifully into this course! I took my old course that was on a CD from back in 2006, moved it to the modern platform called the internet! I added everything that my original course was lacking, such as adding instructional video lessons plus adding online interactive worksheets to accompany those lessons. I took an already amazing system that I created and I improved, updated and renewed it, so that you parents of school-aged special needs children never have to go through the debilitating feelings that the IEP meeting can induce upon us parents, like they did to me! I created this system for IEP meeting prep because I want all parents to join me in becoming IEP Parents (Informed | Empowered | Prepared Parents), so you can confidently walk into that IEP meeting and be an amazing advocate for your child! Because at the end of all this craziness, is our child who needs us to be strong and help them! They're what matters most!
See, I realized two things! (1) I had no idea what I was talking about in the early IEP meetings. I didn't even understand they were a really big deal, that the IEP is a legal document! I didn't know parents and children had rights and were protected by special laws. I didn't know there was a process to this meeting and that preparing was a necessity! The (2) second thing I quickly realized was that the school districts have been doing IEP's for years! They have their systems in place. They get trained in negotiations, special education, legal training, persuasion techniques, teaching special education or therapeutic techniques, etc. They are in the school environment every single day! Working... tired... trying their best... getting knocked down by budget cuts, higher-ups saying no, and they are defined by their job title! Sure, maybe in their hearts they'd love to give your child "the best education in the world"... but they are limited, they can only do so much! They have rules to play by or they'll be going against the school culture. They could even lose their job!
So, you can see how unbalanced this really is. We parents don't know anything about the IEP process, while the School Districts are pros and have been doing this for years! Who do you really think has all the power? We parents are left to figure this out on our own! Well, it's time for us to make a shift in this power balance! We parents need this system for IEP prep to level this playing field! I'm thrilled to offer my course to you, so you can join us parents in a movement of becoming IEP Parents that are completely informed | empowered | prepared for our IEP meetings!
We parents are already busy, overwhelmed and going through our own challenges in life, plus add in the special needs of our child... and now? Just when you thought your child would be in good hands getting the supports they need while getting educated, while you get a little break... a whole new set of worries and difficulties with the school presents. We parents have enough on our plates! If you're like me you probably never even heard of an IEP until you either got sent to the school district to have your child evaluated or until you tried to enroll your child into school! We really need a course like this to help us make sure we're getting Informed |Empowered | & Prepared for our IEP meetings!
I think you'll relate to my feelings when I say this... but I needed to "win" the IEP meeting, because the outcome meant everything for my child! This was no joke... this was my son we're talking about! My son needed my help, and I had no idea how to get help throughout the IEP process! Nobody was offering help! I started looking on the internet for help with the IEP meeting, and I really couldn't find anything that would grab my hand and walk ME through the process, like my course does. All I would find is the same generalized advice... "look at my prior IEPs, think about some goals, look at my therapist notes, get your child evaluated"... there was nothing out there to lead ME through and show ME the way to IEP successfully for MY child!
So, I created my own systematic process to prepare for my IEP meetings. Specific steps to take, in order, that led to IEP meeting success! That was back when my son was young and after we had left that 1st school district horrible experience. I was determined to get my son back into a new school (new district) where I could have a positive IEP meeting experience and leave the past IEP meetings in the past, as a learning experience. So between those two schools (the preschool and 1st grade), I learned everything I could, diving deep into the IEP! I took notes and created a system that worked! It worked so well, I burned it to a CD and sent it out to as many parents as I could back then, hoping to help them through this IEP process. That was 2006.
My friends, my goal isn't just to help one or two parents! No, my goal is to create a movement of IEP Parents (Informed | Empowered | Prepared Parents) and completely revolutionize how we parents of special needs children will be INFORMED to understand the entire IEP process and our rights, to be EMPOWERED by understanding our child's special needs and how it affects their education, and to be PREPARED by understanding exactly what goes on in the IEP meeting and how we can best play our role as a parent advocate. I will revolutionize the rulebook, to include a proper training for parents so we never again have to face the IEP Team feeling confused, lost, depressed and unsure! I will create a standard of parental awareness and preparedness in the IEP, so we parents can forever move forward as allies with the school district, locking arms while having our child's unique needs being met in all the wonderful ways they need. So, I ask of you to not only join me in learning how to give your child an educational advantage, but to share the news about this course being available with other parents of special needs children. I invite you to be a part of the change you'd like to see. Alone we are a ripple in the ocean, but together we are a tsunami. It's time we parents have our IEP meeting prep systems in place!