IEPs and Mental Health Hey folks, summer’s rolling in, and you know the transition can throw off your routine, right? So, let’s talk about special education – when your child’s eligible, there’s this meeting to develop an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan). If already on the journey, the team gathers at least yearly (in my opinion, […]

The IEP Is In Effect- Now What?

Hey, I’m back again! Celebrating with you all the work you’ve put in for your kiddo’s IEP meeting, got that plan in place, and left feeling some relief – but let’s be honest, that relief can be short-lived. Now you’re hit with questions like, “How do I know the IEP is actually happening as planned? […]

School Meeting Jitters? Turn Your Worries into Wins for Your Child

Let’s be real — navigating special education can feel like entering an alternate universe. There’s confusing terminology, complicated processes, and an overwhelming sense that your child’s future rests on decisions that you have to make. It’s enough to make any parent feel a little (or a lot!) lost. That’s why I believe in shifting the […]

Tough School Talks? Breathe. Here’s How to Turn Panic into Partnership

Tough School Talks? Breathe. Here’s How to Turn Panic into Partnership We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling when a troubling email or call pops up from your child’s school. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or even defensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way! As I develop my Chaos to Collaboration CollabCulture membership, I […]

I don’t know what to expect at my next IEP meeting

IEP Meeting Worries? What to Expect & How to Prepare Hey, amazing parents on this journey of special education! 🌟 I’m here with the real talk because, let’s face it, I’ve been there too – that feeling of walking into an IEP meeting and thinking, “What on earth can I expect this time?” Parenting itself […]

IEP Seasons: Mastering the Parental Playbook for Your Child’s Success!

Hey, beautiful people! Latina Nickelson, Special Education Advocate & IEP Coach, here on a mission to transform the Chaos to Collaboration℠ in the special education process. As we gear up for what is known as IEP Season, let’s dive into the intricate dance of being a parent for children receiving special education services in the […]

It’s Your Child’s Right to Be Included

Empowering Parents: A Guide to Turning Special Education Chaos into Collaboration℠ Hey, amazing people! 👋 It’s me, Latina Nickelson, Special Education Advocate & IEP Coach, moving families from Chaos to Collaboration℠ in the Special Education Process. Now, here’s the real talk – lately, I’ve been connecting with several parents who have high schoolers and never […]

Best Practices In Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

So you’ve got that IEP meeting coming up, and like many of us, you want to be ready to impact your child’s educational journey. It’s a maze, and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. But don’t worry. Here are the top 5 ways you can get ready for your next IEP meeting. 1. **Get […]

Navigating Microaggressions in Special Education: 5 Strategies for Combatting Them

5 Strategies to Combat Microaggressions in Special Education In a time when teachers, administrators, parents, and the like have been called to the carpet regarding the words said about special education students. I want to talk about Microaggressions.  The subtle yet impactful behaviors can hinder the growth and well-being of individuals in various settings, including […]

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