9 Tips for an Effective IEP Meeting

1. Be prepared. See my post on 7 Ways to Prepare for an IEP Meeting for tips as well as some background information that will clarify the bolded terms presented below. 2. Remember, you are an essential part of the team. You've known your child longer than anyone in the room. Be confident and trust... Continue Reading →

7 Ways to Prepare for an IEP Meeting

If you’re anything like me, awaiting IEP meetings is always nerve-wracking. I’ve found it critical to remind myself is that I am an important member of the IEP team with valuable input. As such, I’ve found that being prepared and knowledgeable about what I would like my daughter’s IEP to look like before going into... Continue Reading →

A Letter to My Daughter’s IEP Team

As we prepared for Grace's kindergarten IEP meeting last year, we were all coping with a very new, terrifying global pandemic. Several of the staff hadn't even been able to meet with Grace for evaluations because schools had abruptly closed just weeks before. More than ever, I felt the need to humanize her for the... Continue Reading →

The humble joy of an unorthodox Christmas

**Special note: this post includes lessons I learned while my infant daughter was hospitalized at Christmastime. If you have an ill loved one or are sensitive to related content, you may want to skip this one! ** Christmas this year won’t look like Christmases past. Hopefully, it won’t look like Christmases future, either. But there... Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Fine Motor Toys and Tools

Watching Grace navigate kindergarten this year has given me a newfound appreciation for occupational therapy. It's not just the handwriting, it's opening a crayon box, drawing, turning pages of her math book, opening snack containers, using the restroom...the list goes on. Fine motor skills equal independence, friends. So give your little ones some opportunities to... Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Gross Motor Toys

Once Grace started walking, I'll admit that we focused less on gross motor development in favor of working on other skills. Often, I'd check off the physical therapy box at the playground, with obstacle courses set up around the house, or during free play . When we have decided to add a new toy to... Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Board Games

Board games offer a fun way to spend family time while teaching children many valuable skills. Beyond counting, color identification, literacy, and hand-eye coordination, board games are a screen-free way to learn how to follow instructions, engage in problem-solving, promote teamwork, increase focus, and teach kids how to be gracious losers. We have an overflowing... Continue Reading →

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