The Parent IEP Lab

The Parent IEP Lab

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! 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!


December 1, 2022 18 min

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!

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


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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 Place...

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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 a...

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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,...

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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, wh...

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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.


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    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!


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    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???


    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 t...

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    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,...

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    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 a...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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:


    -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...

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    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 parapr...

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    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 ...

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    October 11, 2022 11 min

    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.


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    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 stat...

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    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 fi...

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    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...

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    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 fa...

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