Julie entered into the IEP world as a parent, and switched to providing special education services in her practice in Alabama. She speaks about why Parent Rights are important, where to find them, and hits the highlights!
Day 1: IEP Team Members
Christina has worked in Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. She has participated in over a thousand IFSPs and IEPs! She teaches us about IEP team members and the difference between SPED and related service!
Medical Mom, Podcast Host
Day 1: Medical Mom IEP Paperwork
Susan is the hostess When Autumn Comes Podcast and owner of Hope Full Company, LLC. She also has raised two incredible medically complex children. She talks about what is helpful to have for medically complex children.
Speech Therapist, SPED Parent
Day 1: Alternative Communication
Courtney Burnett, SLPA is the founder of IEP In A DayTM. Courtney offers Personalized IEP Services. She talks today about what alternative forms of communication looks like in an IEP and how parents can request it and make sure it's used consistently in school!
Day 2: Advocacy in Reevaluations
Chelsea DiMarzio is a speech pathologist and certified dyslexia practitioner. She co-owns The LD Expert. She talks today about the reevaluation process and commonly missed opportunities for parent advocacy to get an effective IEP!
Vickie Brett & Amanda Selogie
Special Education Attorneys
Day 2: Overview of IEP Sections
Amanda and Vickie are civil rights lawyers and education advocates, founders of the Inclusive Education Project and hosts of the Inclusive Education Project Podcast. They give us a broad overview of the legal requirements in each main section of the IEP!
Day 2: Behavior and the IEP
Connie is the founder of Supportable Solutions and has 20+ years of experience in educational settings to provide insight, guidance, coaching, and support to school districts, agencies, and families across the country. She talks about behavior, specifically the FBA and BIP process!
Master IEP Coach & Parent
Day 2: Parent Input Statement
Jessica is an autistic mom of 2, special education consultant and Master IEP Coach®, and founder of Jessica Beaty consulting. She speaks from her own experience and helping other parents by making sure they are heard in the meeting by writing a parent input statement!
SPED Teacher & BCBA
Day 2: Evaluations for Neurodivergent Learners
Rebecca Beaudet, M.Ed., BCBA is an educator, advocate, behavior specialist, and the founder of The Com Collab, LLC.
Day 3: Connecting Home & School
Abigail Wool-Biringer is the CEO of Kids Empowered 4 Life and KE4L Consulting. She speaks to us about the difference between school and outpatient therapies as well as how to pick up on things you already do for your child and how to understand and work on IEP goals at home!
Day 3: Communicating Behavioral & Medical Info Between Home & School
Dr. Nerissa Bauer is a behavioral pediatrician in Carmel, Indiana. She is the CEO of Let's Talk Kids Health, LLC and created TEACH ME ADHD. She is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She speaks about outside diagnosis and medications as well as how to best communicate between IEP teams and outside providers!
Day 3: Discovering How Your Child Learns
Staci Neustadt CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and CEO of Making Sense of Autism. She talks today about research-based forms (she is providing free!) to help with identifying your child's learning strengths and differences and how to communicate that with your IEP team!
Former Administrator, Advocate
Day 3: 6 Questions to Collaborative IEP Meetings
Vaughn K. Lauer, Ph.D. teacher/administrator at the school, local and state levels, author and presenter at the state, national and international conferences. He talks today about 6 questions you can ask to get the IEP team talking and get everyone focused on helping your child!
National Advocate & Parent
Day 4: Overcoming Barriers to Inclusion
Kathy Brill, M.Ed, MPS, is the founder of Brill Consulting LLC, and has decades of experience in helping parents support inclusion throughout the lifespan. She talks about her own inclusion efforts with her now-adult daughter and what main barriers are to inclusion and how she overcame them (and how you can, too!)
Trainer, Parent, Advocate
Day 3: Behavior, Suspension, & Minority Advocacy
Deidra is a former trainer/parent advocate for the Oklahoma Parents Center. She is now the owner of Resolute Advocacy and Interventions. She is the mother of two teenage sons living extraordinary lives with autism. Her advocacy journey began with her sons and their experiences with IEPs/behavior/discipline. In her talk, she guides us through the suspension/appeals process and teaches parent rights as well as touching on the challenges of minority advocacy.
Art & Music Therapist
Day 4: Managing IEP Stress
Russ Solomon is the founder of InTune Parents and creator of "Empowering Special Needs Parents" a Facebook group. He speaks about different ways we react to stressful situations and speaks to an approach to overcome emotional barriers to advocacy.
Early Childhood Teacher & Social Emotional Awareness Expert
Day 4: Having Uncomfortable IEP Conversations
Dana Kaplan (of DanaKaplanTeach.com) is the creator of the "DEED" program. She talks today about how to have uncomfortable conversations which happen occasionally (or depending-perhaps frequently!) in IEP advocacy!
Author, Parent, Advocate
Day 4: 4: 6 Steps to Teach Your Child Self-Advocacy
Bonnie Landau, APCC, PPS and educational advocate is the creator of the Special Mom Advocate blog and author of the Special Ed Mom Survival Guide. She speaks with us today about the importance of teaching children self-advocacy and the 6 steps or phases to get there!
Your child deserves this year to be the most supportive year yet!
And I can't wait to see your child thrive this year!!
I'm Beth Liesenfeld, occupational therapist and passionate supporter of parent advocacy!
In my time serving schools, I picked up on things successful parent advocates did that made a HUGE difference in the success of their children!
Join us for a SUPER fun filled weekend to launch yourself into effectively advocating for your child this year to get them learning without the fight!
WHO IS THE PARENT IEP ADVOCACY SUMMIT FOR?
YOU'LL LOVE THIS IF:
You are a parent of a child with an IEP (individualized education program) in the US in the public (or public charter) schools
You have a child turning 3 and transitioning from the IFSP (early intervention) and pretty sure they will qualify for a school-based IEP
You are new or new-ish to the IEP system (within first 5 years)
You aren't new to the IEP system but feel like you need help with your child's IEP
You aren't sure what your role is as a parent advocate
You know your child isn't receiving the right supports
You are totally overwhelmed with the IEP system
You feel like your child has a "good" IEP but don't want to realize later you missed something!
THIS ISN'T FOR YOU IF:
You don't have an IEP for your child
You feel like you have a handle on this IEP thing!
You feel like your child's IEP supports your child well
You know your parent role well
You understand the IEP paperwork and are good to go!
You may be wondering...
Is this virtual?
Yes! All videos are posted on a webpage for 24 hours so you can watch them when you have time from any device!
How do I access videos?
Videos are posted on a web page for access and the link will be sent to you through your email!
How long do I have to watch the videos?
Each day of the conference is available for 24 hours that includes recordings of the sessions and transcripts of the sessions, then the next day will be posted!
Is the Facebook group and live Q&A free, too?
YES! You will receive a link through your email to join the free facebook group the week the conference starts! Select speakers have agreed to live Q&A's on the day their video is available! A schedule will be posted in the Facebook Group!
This is Too Good to be True! Is this a Scam and You Will Sell Our Email Address or Something?
No! 😂 The IEP Lab is on a mission to help as many parents get solid IEP plans for their child as possible! You will see on the next page an option to upgrade your ticket, but it's NOT required! The IEP Lab does NOT sell email addresses and protects your privacy!
Your child's learning time is too precious to waste!