What’s an IEP? What should it contain? and how do I keep it organized?

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.”

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“Determined, Gritty, and Motivated”

Thuy and Grace’s early experiences as parents to their daughter, Avery, were exactly as they’d imagined. Just like any other new family, they were proud of the accomplishments and milestones that they saw in their daughter. They were also hopeful for her future.

However, at 10 months old, Thuy and Grace discovered that Avery had a recessive genetic mutation which left her with significant loss of hearing. “It was a tremendous shock as neither of us knew anyone who was deaf in our respective families. After countless exams, emotional conversations, and advice from numerous professionals, we decided to surgically implant her with cochlear implants” the couple explained.

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8 Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Hard to believe that in mid-July, many of us are already thinking about — and planning for — going back to school! But with more and more school districts moving to balanced calendars, gone are the days of three-month long summer vacations — at least for many families!

To help make the transition easier for you, and your child, below we’ve shared (with permission) Reading Rocket‘s TOP 8 “Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs“:

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