Inclusive Education: Benefits for All Learners In the world of special education, inclusive practices benefit all students. We’ve seen how methods that help students with disabilities also enhance the learning of their peers. Diverse learning styles prepare students for life beyond school. Schools aim to prepare students for life, and inclusive classrooms reflect that reality. […]


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?

From IEP Meeting High-Fives to… Reality Check. How to Really Know If That Plan’s on Track (Hint: It’s Not Just Report Cards!) 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Navigating the Rollercoaster Ride 🎢

Roller Coaster

IEP Mistakes: We’ve All Been There—Here’s How to Fix Them Hey there, my fabulous folks! It’s that time again – school bells are ringing, and I know your minds are all  one those IEPs. Yep, I’m right there with you, and let’s be real, ain’t nobody excited about those IEP meetings that can feel like […]

IEP Tip of the Day: The Power of Informed Parental Input

Hey there, amazing parents and caregivers! It’s Latina Nickelson, and here is my IEP tip to help you navigate the world of special education and ensure your child receives the best support possible. Today’s tip revolves around the crucial role of Parental Input in your child’s IEP. I always advise parents to prepare a thoughtful […]

ChildFind Mandate

Today, I want to dive into a topic that’s crucial because so many parents share stories of how “the school” will not help their child. Well have you heard of —the Child Find Mandate? Don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you in regular people’s language, so grab a cuppa and let’s get started! Now, […]

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