We have created an IEP Snapshot for you to download and share with general education teachers. Please click on the blue link just above this paragraph. Whether you’re a special educator or a parent, it’s an easy tool that allows you to write the quick IEP essentials for the general education teacher. Typically, we liked to fill in the details, slide them in a page protector, and give them to the general education teachers (including the specials or connect teachers). This way, they have a quick reference to remember those accommodations, modification, and goals that your team decided upon. We hope you find it useful!
We would like to thank Maria Hartemann for the use of her beautiful hummingbird zentangle for the IEP Snapshot. If you would like to see more of her work, check out her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/joyfulmamadesigns
Christina and Wendy
For some students, obtaining and utilizing good social skills do not come naturally. They move through their environment having a difficult time communicating and understanding more than just direct language-based interactions. For example, good social skills include sharing space with others and learning to regulate one’s own behavior to other people’s thoughts or expectations as well as using your whole body to understand what people are “saying” around you. For some students, these skills need to be taught.
Following the Social Thinking model, we will be teaching a 6-week session on helping your child begin learning these skills. In turn, you will learn how to shift your thoughts and vocabulary while helping your child at home.
Your child does not need a diagnosis to attend. However,this class is designed for students with Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, or any child needing to learn how to “think” about thinking as well as understand more about the complex social world in which we live. While times of movement will be available, students must be able to sit in a room with a small group for one hour.
This class will meet for a six-week period beginning on Sunday, October 2nd. There will be three separate groups. The Kindergarten-2nd grade group will meet from 2:00-3:00 p.m., the 3rd-5th grade group will meet from 3:30-4:30 and the 6th-8th grade group will meet from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Group sizes will be kept small with no more than eight to ten children in each group. This six-week session will be held at 8401 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 28262.
The total cost for the six-week session plus materials is $200.00. To keep names and information confidential, if you would like to register for this class, please fill out the attached document and e-mail it to us. If you are unable to open the document, please send us a note and we’ll be happy to e-mail you another one. Within this week, we will then send you a pay PayPal link to your e-mail to complete your registration for the class. Once you receive your PayPal link, please complete your nonrefundable payment within 48 hours to reserve your and your child’s spot in the class. Once the class is full, your name will go on a waiting list and we will contact you if an availability opens.
Please fill out the attached document and e-mail it to us at email@example.com with your interest in registration for the class…social skills referral medical history-2
If you are interested in the class but have questions before deciding if this class is a good fit for your child, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to answer your questions!
We are planning on having another, shorter session around the holidays (November through early December) to help assist students learn social behaviors and skills to utilize during these times. This class will also have a parent participation group as well as a student group. You do not need to attend this first session to attend the later session in November. Please enter your e-mail in “follow our blog” on the home page to receive the latest information! We will send out information about that shorter session towards the end of October.
Christina and Wendy
Appreciating the unique needs of our children is important. We use the word “our” because it does take a team to help a child. As teachers, find that connection with your child that has unique needs in your class. When you recognize his/her gifts, we promise your heart will fill with gratitude. All children have gifts and strengths. When we take the time to notice those gifts in detail, we appreciate what they have to offer to us as educators and parents.
Christina and Wendy
As the beginning of the school year approaches, Christina and Wendy would like to say THANK YOU to all of the special education staff, including related service providers (such as speech language, occupational, and physical therapists) working in public schools. Your job isn’t easy and we appreciate you! We have first hand knowledge of how hard you work and how much you care.
Parents, please remember that most of the people who work with your children choose this profession because they want to make a difference in your child’s life. They don’t come with ill intentions or to do your child harm.
Teachers, please remember that as parents of children with disabilities, we can struggle to fully release our children. We want what’s best for our children and most parents want to form a partnership with you. We like to share information about our children and feel like we’ve been heard. As parents of children with unique needs, we will do our best to be open to hearing your voice throughout the year as well. We want to build a partnership founded in trust.
Let’s all remember that it’s ok to disagree about how to reach our common goals. Recognize, as parents and educators, that sometimes conflict can be a learning tool to find a compromise and practice compassion. Maybe you give more this time and maybe they do next time. Listen with your whole heart to what the other person is saying. Try and be open, seeing it from their perspective. Parent’s know more about their child than anyone else. Teachers see a side of your child at school that you may not be aware of. Come to your meetings with the child’s best interest at heart, leaving past negative experiences at the door. This just may be the year that your child has a Rock Star special educator. When we start the year off with gratitude and positive thoughts, it helps set a tone of love and acceptance for your child in school.
Sending love and appreciation to all of the special educators, related service providers and parents of children with special needs.
Wendy and Christina