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The Smarter Steps® IEP Blog allows parents and professionals the opportunity to discuss topics related to children with special needs. Check out the categories on the right side to search the Smarter Steps® IEP Blog topics or enter key words in the search bar. We welcome your blog comments and questions for discussion.

Focus Point 24: Graduate Training on Goal Writing

Listen as Kelly and Lara reminisce on their graduate training related to writing goals. Laugh with them as they share their experiences and reflect on best practices.

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Focus Point 23: Goals Drive the Services

Kelly & Lara discuss goal writing across therapeutic and academic settings. While the mandates are different in various work environments, it is always the goals that should drive the services we provide.

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Focus Point 22: Professionalism & Emails

Kelly and Lara share their experiences about sending work emails. They highlight the pitfalls associated with formal written communication. They laugh at the dreaded “reply to all” mishaps that have occurred.

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Focus Point 21: Interviewing Students with Disabilities

Join Lara and Kelly as they discuss the challenges that educators, administrators and law enforcement face when interviewing individuals with disabilities.

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Focus Point 20: Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Join Kelly & Lara as they discuss best practices when preparing for an IEP meeting.

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Focus Point 19: Having Fun in IEP Meetings

Join Lara and Kelly for a St. Patrick Day episode of Focus Point while they discuss some of the fun IEP meetings they have attended. What ways does your team find to lighten the mood and set a positive tone for meetings?

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Focus Point 18: Teacher Participation in the IEP

Today, Lara and Kelly discuss relevant teacher input during the IEP. What are the challenges and what are the benefits?

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Focus Point 17: Students Keeping Data

Tune into focus point 17 while Lara and Kelly discuss the pros and cons of students keeping their own data.

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Focus Point 16: Addressing Specific Skills in IEP Goals

Kelly and Lara discuss the process in addressing specific skills in IEP Goals. They explain the difference between areas of concern and specific skills and how to prioritize based on three essential components.

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IEP Goals Beyond the 3 R’s

IEP Goals Beyond the 3 R’s Today we received this question from a subscriber: All the IEP goals I see are linked to the 3 R’s and I teach Science. How do you suggest getting science and other subjects considered when admins are pushing for better 3R test scores in IEP meetings? This is something…

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