Ashley

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Steal My Back To School Shopping List

Water Bottles and Flash cards and Granola Bars! Oh My!!! My kids went Back to School this week, which means it’s go time! You know I’m a planner, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s a fresh beginning. This time of year energizes me, forcing me to get organized and allowing the structure to get back on track with things like meal prepping. As I perused Amazon for everything we needed to start the year off right, I thought that I should share our list! 

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I’ve got a simple strategy that will take your next IEP meeting to the next level.  Have you ever started the meeting with a Future Planning Statement or a Parent Interest Statement

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A Future Planning Statement (FPS) or a Parent Interest Statement

The #1 thing I can do to help them advocate for their children is improving communication.  Objective, organized communication is a game changer.  

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Ten Super Simple Tips For Effective Communication at the IEP Table … 

This step-by-step guide will help you communicate between⁣ school and home in an organized, functional way.⁣

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All About Me Books

This tool will help parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and community members that support children with IEPs to prepare for remote learning.⁣

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Preparing For A Remote Learning Plan in 2020

 A Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is an effective tool that can help to determine the why behaviors occur and how to better support the student.  

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Functional Behavioral Assessments

Completing this checklist, while a bit time consuming the week of the meeting, will ensure that you marry your subjective gut feelings with objective information; collaborate with the IEP team, and keep the child at the center of the IEP discussions..⁣

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Checklist for Preparing for an IEP Meeting

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PART 01: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - PRESENT LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE

The IEP normally begins with the Present Levels of Performance, often called PLOPS or PLAPS, which simply describe how the student is doing academically and functionally.   “Functional performance” includes daily living, social, behavioral, motor, and communication skills. 

PART 02: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - ANNUAL GOALS

So many people are so intimidated by the goals. There are so many guides on writing goals out there, but I can break it down simply for you. If you read the Present Levels of Performance and look for areas of need, you can write a goal for every area of need. 

PART 03: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - MEASURING PROGRESS: DATA

A dreaded word in special education. Even if you’re a “numbers person,” data in special education can be an intimidating beast. Why do we need it? First, the law mandates it.  The IEP must, quite simply, state how progress will be monitored. 

PART 04: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RELATED SERVICES

Most parents like this part of the IEP, because it describes what the child is actually going to get in a way that parents understand. This section is often broken into many parts. In the supplementary aids and services, the IEP will list things that the child will need to succeed.

PART 05: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - Least Restrictive Environment

IDEA mandates that students with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and that the IEP contain a statement describing the extent to which the child participate in the general education environment with non-disabled peers.

PART 04: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - Testing Accommodations and Alternate Assessments

State Departments of Education requires schools to test their children to both monitor the progress of their students and to hold school accountable for educating their students. These state- and district-wide assessments have an important role but are often not appropriate for students with disabilities.  

PART 04: THE PARTS OF THE IEP - Testing Accommodations and Alternate Assessments

State Departments of Education requires schools to test their children to both monitor the progress of their students and to hold school accountable for educating their students. These state- and district-wide assessments have an important role but are often not appropriate for students with disabilities.  

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Part 01: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Company

You wouldn’t expect a former teacher to start a business without the 6Ws, would you? You need to know who the target audience of Ashley Barlow Co is, what kind of content you’ll find here, when content will hit your inbox, where you can find me, and how you access information

Part 02: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Co - The What

Ashley Barlow Co. offers on-line training videos on special education advocacy, as well as a TON of free content in podcasts, vlogs, PDF downloads, and webinars to your home, school, or organization.  The first series of videos will take you from evaluation and eligibility for special education to implementation of the IEP.

Part 03: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Co - The Who

Calling all parents, teachers, school staff, self advocates, disability organization staff, doctors, therapists, coaches, tutors, grandparents, babysitters, community organization staff, volunteers, … Calling anyone that supports a student with a disability!!!

Part 04: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Co - The Where

Parents of a child in special education are exhausted. Teachers and school staff are about the busiest professionals in the workforce. Nobody has time for in-person trainings, and thanks to COVID-19, few can safely access in-person trainings right now! 

Part 05: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Co - The how

How’s this all going to work? This is the great part. You don’t need to worry about how the content will arrive, especially if you join my mailing list (link in bio), like me on Facebook and Youtube, follow me on Instagram, and subscribe to the podcast. 

Part 06: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Co - The when

I’m working on a content calendar, and as soon as it’s ready, you’ll be the first to know. Meanwhile, if you haven’t tune in to the podcast and vlog for some excellent advocacy tips and a 101 on IEP Meetings.

Part 07: The 6W's of the Ashley Barlow Co - The why

My other job is as an attorney. I primarily do special education, family law, and estate planning work, and the majority of my clients have a child with a disability.  In counseling families, I realize not only the disparity of easy, sequential information for parents and other people that support students in communities...