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Disabilities do not define the future of our nation’s children. We are here to make sure everyone has the resources and skills to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that is ambitious and attainable. SMARTER Steps® is here to offer IEP help for parents, teachers, advocates and administrators.
No matter what type of disability a child struggles with, it is important to understand that IEP goals drive everything. Goals directly determine what special services are needed, offered, and funded. Poorly constructed goals can result in a lack of progress. Well-developed IEP goals must be specific to the child which are challenging, attainable, and measurable. When goals are properly developed, the benefits to all stakeholders are immeasurable. When goals are fragmented, everyone loses.

Constructing effective IEP goals can be daunting for all involved. Our proprietary process meets all federal regulations and is proven effective at driving progress for students. SMARTER Steps® offers an abundance of resources to help parents, educators, administrators, and advocates understand the significance of well-developed goals and guide them through the process in a simplified, 7-step process.


How to Save Time and Develop Legally Compliant IEP Goals” is the overview webinar of the SMARTER STEPS® system. Learn this easy 7-step prompting system to gain a solid foundation on how to develop goals for optimal outcomes for children with IEPs. This webinar is for everyone: parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, college students, and university instructors. This webinar is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. This is an example of our SMARTER series recorded webinars available through our membership program.

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Webinar 1 Overview: How to Save Time and Develop Legally Compliant IEP Goals


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The SMARTER STEPS® Membership gives you tools and ongoing support to make your life easier. We have hand-crafted each webinar, product, and service based on 50 years of combined experience in the field of education and rehabilitation. We have worked with families and school staff to address the multiple needs of IEP teams.

Our mission is to increase optimal outcomes for children with special needs and reduce stressful parent/school disputes. We know that one of the best ways to empower parents and school staff is through IEP help, training, continuing education, and consultation.

Further, we know that “one and done” webinars are not the most successful in creating change or staying current. That’s why we provide continuous training and open communication with our members so we can customize and adapt tools for each person’s needs. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives to make the world a better place for children with special needs. At SMARTER Steps, your goals are our goals.
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May 17, 2023
No Exhaustion Needed for IEP Students Seeking Compensatory Damages under the ADA law: Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools
What if your child attended school for several years with an IEP and you later discovered that one of the accommodations was provided in a fraudulent way all that time? For example, let's say your child was blind and was supposed to be taught Braille, but the school never provided a certified Braille teacher. Or, […]
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How To Address Missed IEP Services
Originally published on August 17, 2021 to address lost IEP services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The concepts addressed in this blog, however, can be applied to any situation in which a student loses or misses services due to various circumstances that could occur. As we move forward as IEP teams to address lost and […]
March 27, 2020
S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps®: Using Magic Recipes in On-line Therapy for IEP Goals
S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps® presents a video tutorial on how to use magic recipes during on-line therapy for IEP Goals. These recipes use "pretend cooking" tasks on-line to create an imaginary item that actually appears in their home. This task has the hidden motivator at the end of the session in order to keep the children engaged. […]
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