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What do I do with all this IEP paperwork?

How do I prepare for upcoming IEP meetings?

Is it really possible to manage all the tasks and to-dos?

How do you stay on top of it all?

If I had a  quarter for every time I have been asked these questions.

This is why I created a complete online toolkit of printable/editable and downloadable resources that gives you the tools to become an empowered and organized parent advocate for your child.

With the Choas to Collaboration Toolkit, you’ll feel prepared and ready to take on any IEP meeting and challenges that come your way — even if you have been to IEP meetings before.

Let’s go back…


It’s the night before the big day!


You have watched your child struggle for months to do their school work you’ve finally secured the long-awaited IEP meeting to see what options are available for your child. 

You think…

                                                   Am I even prepared for this meeting?               

Feeling hopeful and ready to show up big for your son or daughter –

You jump in the car, listening to your favorite motivational music and drive to the school.

Pen and paper in hand… *with a deeeep breath in*

You open the door to the meeting room and — suddenly — your optimism turns into overwhelm as you start to question yourself.

I keep hearing self- talk about a evaluations,  blaming,  or how difficult the school can be  should I have done something else? 

Do I need to bring an attorney with me? Or maybe a professional who specializes in these things?

Ugh!

A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach tells you that this is going to be anything but easy.

You go in feeling this process is a *bit* intimidating and overwhelming.

But you persevere and tell the people at the table all about your child’s diagnosis or what you see as a problem… what you want to see and ask how the school can help.

What you get back …Well???

We need more testing… Extra evaluations… We should just wait and see… this is not a skill they should know yet..

It all feels dismissive.  Telling you, your concerns should be addressed outside of the meeting so they can get to the goals of the individualized plan.  

They ask are you “sure” you want your child in “special education”?

All these people at the table, the school psychologist, behaviorist, and the head of the special ed department throwing around terms you never heard of before. 

A PWN… What’s an FBA? A BIP what?” as you grow increasingly frustrated and confused. 

After several weeks, and with IEP paperwork and evaluations in hand, you stop and think to yourself:

What happens now?

What exactly am I supposed to do with all this information? 

All you want is your child to receive an education that will help their mind grow and make them a contributing member of society.

Suddenly reality sets in and you realize… It’s going to take a lot of work, research, and effort to understand the confusing IEP world. 

Throw in working a full time, demanding job, and navigating the daily challenges of motherhood and a pandemic — IEP exhaustion sets in and snaps your once grounded common sense and organizational skills. 

At this point in the process, you need guidance and a hug.

It’s true. The IEP process is extensive, complex, and downright confusing.

You feel like you have to have a degree to be able to understand the whole process.

But what if I told you there was a better way of managing the overwhelming IEP system?

An organized approach (the toolkit) backed with my 3 point process (the strategy) that allows you to confidently walk into a room with the knowledge and tools you need to get your child the education they need and deserve.

Introducing

Printable and downloadable resources provide the tools to define your seat at the table as an EMPOWERED and ORGANIZED parent advocate for your child.

Perfect for moms, dads, caregivers, professional advocates or service providers!

I want to tell you the ONE thing I know for sure:

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Meaning that unless someone who’s been through the process before knows the laws and can help get your child the accommodations they deserve, you will ALWAYS be at a disadvantage.

You need an IEP professional to provide you with a clear path forward.

 

Hello, I’m Ms. T

My goal is to help you remove the chaos from the IEP process.

Over the years, I have attended several meetings with all types of caregivers with several different school teams.  And I have learned that even though the players may be different and the children may have different needs. IDEA is not. It is the same each and every time.  The only thing that changes is what YOU know and how you approach the process. 

As the saying goes, “knowledge is power,” so when you follow the law outlined by IDEA and have solid documentation, there is less chaos and more collaboration. 

This toolkit gives you tasks to complete that will keep you organized and put you in the driver’s seat to focus on your child’s success

 

Latina Nickelson AKA Ms. T

Just imagine…talking to school officials and having the following:

TOOLS

for a clear and specific action plan  #organized

 
RESOURCES
Resources to confidently ask for it to school administration. #progress
 
KNOWLEDGE
A clear understanding of the IEP process #policy
 
COMMUNICATION
 guidance to create clear, consistent, and effective communication #perspective
 
Insider tips that empower you to successfully advocate for your child to receive his or her IEP testing.

What Makes this Toolkit Different?

It’s so much more than an IEP Binder.

This helps take you one step closer to receiving an IEP that is perfectly individualized to meet your

child’s needs.


Sure, there are other places to get IEP binders.

But, not many of them are created by someone who has these THREE

Parent

Educator

 Advocate.

Most are put together by the school staff or clinicians.

With this IEP Toolkit, you don’t just get a bunch of printables.

You get an opportunity to talk with an advocate monthly live, where you can find support and answers to your questions and learn how to get the data on your side — an invaluable perk to the parent who feels as if the school is turning their heads away from the clear signs that she or he needs extra help.

Here is some of what is included:

  • Keep your IEP “stuff” organized so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Binder Parts. Value $17
  • How to prepare for an IEP Meeting. Value $17
  • IEP Goal Tracker for you to monitor your child’s progress from year to year. Value $17
  • Six Principals of IDEA and the concept behind the law. Value $17
  • Accommodations List for you to browse and use. IEP development resources. Value $20
  • Parents’ Rights Booklet and other resources at your fingertips.  Value $17
  • 6 Principals of IDEA & Full understanding guide. Value $10
  • Understand and create your vision statement, one of the BEST things you can do! Value $17
  • My personal and curated collection of free e-guides on specific IEP concepts. Value $17
  • Acronyms Guide Value $17
  • 10  Steps of progress Montering Value $17
  • Mistakes to Avoid Cheatsheets Value $10
  • All About Me Template Value $10
  • And More…

Total Value: $186.00

STILL NOT CONVINCED

THINK ABOUT THIS…

You need the tools that “they” have to be an

Effective IEP Team Member.

When you purchase the CHAOS to COLLABORATION Toolkit, you will have access to all the tools you need to effectively address your concerns. Linking each resource to my 3-point system ~ # Process, #Policy, and #Prespective to help you address the IEP team in a manner they cannot ignore. And, you’ll never wonder what your next step should be.

Why is this different?

 

Organization #PROCESS

Anybody can put IEP stuff in a binder. I use a planned, methodical system that helps you analyze each portion of the IEP, in conjunction with the IEP process outlined by IDEA. You’ll be better prepared and more confident at IEP meetings.

Accommodations #POLICY

I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard parents say “I don’t know what to ask for.” That will no longer be a problem, as this IEP toolkit includes hundreds of accommodations, strategies, a FAPE guide, and more.

Letter Templates and Communication #PERSPECTIVE

Having a paper trail is the key to a successful process…cause if it is not written down it didn’t happen.  I include letter templates and prompts for your to use. Plus, other worksheets to document communication between you and the IEP team.

Parents Rights Booklet #POLICY

Yes, we all get a copy of our Procedural Safeguards. But I include another copy at the end of this toolkit. Just an added convenience so you don’t have to look for it.

6 principles of IDEA #POLICY

Yes, we all get a copy of our Procedural Safeguards. But I include another copy at the end of this toolkit. Just an added convenience so you don’t have to go looking for it.

Is This an E-Book, Ms. T?

E-book as defined by the googler  – a book in electronic form that can be read on a computer or handheld device rather than in print.

 

Rest assured – No matter what your IEP concern is, you will be able to run it through the 3-point process included in this resource and come out with a concrete strategy to strategically guide your way forward.  

Maybe you’ve been an advocating for some time, and you just want roadmap to follow each time? This is a fantastic resource to do that!

Consider What’s Possible

In just a few days, you can completely change the IEP process for your Child.

Here’s what that would look like…
  • You will have reviewed and prepared every section of your IEP.
  • You will have a list of IEP Evaluation Areas you want to ask for.
  • You will have IEP questions for the team.
  • You will have a list of suggestions for strategies, interventions and accommodations.
  • You know what is documented and what isn’t, and what requires more data.
  • No More “I don’t know what to ask for.”

There is a BONUS

Bullet Journal Pages

This will help you start changing your perception of the process. Once you really dive in and bring some mindfulness and future planning to your IEP meetings.

Stand-alone this Value $44

*Purchase the $20 upgrade to access the Bullet Journal pages, $24 toolkit + $20 upgrade

Gain a Confident Accomplice in the IEP Process

This is something I wish I  had.  When you first get to this journey you feel so alone. There is no one to really ask questions of or bounce ideas off of. But what there is that moment when “enough is enough.” And decide you must do something.  No longer is waiting and seeing the answer, you know you have to be the best IEP advocate you can be. 

I know what it’s like, as the saying goes  “BEEN THERE DONE THAT”

When my Little was younger, I spent a lot of time thinking I gotta do something.

I purchased books and attended training sessions. 

Problem was…

I really didn’t know what I didn’t know.

Yeah I read all the information, but it was just that I_N_F_O_R_M_A_T_I_O_N

None of it was actionable and it was all a lot of legalese 

The funny part is though, in those early days, I thought I was taking action.

I spoke up at meetings and asked questions.

 I would email my team, expecting to follow up and follow through.

I wasn’t serious until I understood the principles of IDEA and how my IEP rights were defined.

But then something happened because I was naive enough to think that getting the IEP was the hard part.

And maybe you can relate to this…

Everything seemed fine but then there was Kindergarten 

And  a school phycologist told me 

 “We appreciate your input Ms. Nickelson, but we will not be making any changes to this IEP today and your Little will always be the way he is” (here is where you have to know we as a family loving called him Donnie Thornberry      Donnie Thornberry | Heroes Wiki | Fandom

But that is when  I realized I had to get a better IEP or My Little was going to end up in a classroom I hated… and one that was really inappropriate for him. 

That’s when I stopped messing around.

Really learned my parental rights and how to leverage the IEP process in my favor. 

It wasn’t always easy.

In full transparency, it took me about a year and a meeting every 3 months (that team hated me) 

But I did it. I went from completely stressing about what his education would be like to where we are now! 

I know you may be thinking this sounds great, Ms T.

But how do you know for certain that I need this toolkit?

🆇 You don’t feel heard 🆇

🆇 You don’t feel listened to 🆇

🆇 And you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere with your child 🆇

🆇 You don’t always understand what they are saying 🆇

🆇 Nobody is communicating with you 🆇

🆇 The teacher never has ANYTHING good to say about your child 🆇

🆇 you feel like the teacher isn’t helping your child 🆇

🆇 Your child hates going to school 🆇

 

 If you answered yes to any of these questions then this is for you. 

If you feel like you have been placed in a dark room… and no one’s turned on the lights.

Then this is for YOU

What is a Better IEP Worth to you?

I developed this Toolkit because as an IEP parent myself I found that each of the binders I purchased was lacking something that I needed to create. Then in  2020, the current events of the world made the organization of paperwork a requirement.

Since then, it has gone through a few revisions, each time with a focus group of parents like you.

I want to make the IEP Process easier for parents and this toolkit will help get you there. 

If you are an IEP parent, this is an opportunity that I promise you will not want to miss.

May I ask one question maybe two before we depart and go our separate ways?

If you got a clear strategy that shows you *exactly* how to get the data on your side to demonstrate what your child needs on their IEP – would it be worth this small investment?  Or if you had a tool that made teacher DAILY communication easy. 

If you said ‘yes’ add the toolkit to your cart today. 

 

Due to the format of this product, there are no refunds on the IEP Toolkit. Please know that it is designed for parents, not teachers.

 

 

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