IEP Meeting: Managing Conflict

It’s not unusual for differences to arise when dealing with issues related to your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Yet many people are uncomfortable with conflict; when faced with it, they either back down, or become overly aggressive. When that… Read the rest

Mind Your Manners

By Sheryl Knapp, A/AOGPE The annual IEP meeting offers an opportunity to establish positive relationships with your child’s teachers and special education team. That may seem obvious, but there is no shortage of parents and teachers who treat each other… Read the rest

5 Keys to Navigating the School System

When it comes to learning disabilities, knowing your child is half the battle—the other half is knowing how to get what your child needs from her school system. Here are some strategies to help you navigate the system. Know the… Read the rest

6 Keys to Winning Over Your Child’s Team

Developing collaborative, non-adversarial, mutually respectful relationships with your child’s teachers is fundamental to her success in school. But oftentimes that’s easier said than done. Following are some tried and true strategies to help you establish a parent-teacher relationship that will… Read the rest

Saving the IEP Meeting When Conflict Arises

By Ann McCarthy As parents of a child with learning disabilities, it’s important to realize that conflict is likely to occur at IEP meetings; how you handle it is what matters. When dealt with appropriately, dissension can lead to positive… Read the rest