• 00:30

    IEP Meetings with Less Drama!

    in Family

    On this episode, we talk with Charmaine Thaner about strategies for keeping IEP meetings positive and successful. 

    Charmaine Thaner retired after 30 years of teaching to become a parent advocate. Her diverse experiences provide a unique perspective when collaborating with families and educators.In addition, she is the parent of a young adult who received special education services. 

    Charmaine has supported students, parents, and educators as a special educator, classroom teacher, parent advocate, and adjunct university instructor.  She continues to support parents as an advocate and public speaker. To learn more about Charmaine's work, go to Collaborative Special Education Advocacy. 



  • 00:43

    Maverick Mind Series - IEP Testing

    in Parents

    MEASURING HOW YOUR CHILD  THINKS AND THE IEP   Measuring how your child thinks and relaying it in the IEP process. Listen to Dr. Florance explain how to interpret educational testing results with the unique profile of the highly visual student in mind.  Find out how test scores indicate whether someone is extremely verbal, a balance of verbal and visual, or extremely visual.  We will also discuss  auditory processing testing in the context of the highly visual child  

  • 00:31

    Protecting Your Child From Bullying In an IEP

    in Parents

    Bullying IS an IEP issue.   
    Hosts Jennifer Laviano a special education attorney and Julie Swanson a special education advocate host this very important interview. 
    Your child's IEP is a legal document that their school must follow. 
    The tragic suicide of a Florida teen from relentless bullying has sparked a firestorm within the legal system to put an end to torment and tragedy.
    If your child is being bullied you have rights and can use an IEP to protect them. 
    Two girls were charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony and will be processed through the juvenile court system. Neither had an arrest record. The older girl was taken into custody in the juvenile wing of the Polk County Jail. The younger girl, who the police said expressed remorse, was released to her parents now under house arrest.
    If you havent already spoken

  • 00:30


    in Education

    How do you deal with an IEP? Measurable goals? Are they probably and possible

  • 01:01

    Understanding the IEP Process; Tips for Parents

    in Self Help

    The IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process can be an overwhelming experience for parents.  Once the IEP is in place, annual meetings can also leave parents feeling confused and unsure if their child who stutters is receiving the support they need to succeed in school.  Please join us and call in with your questions as Lynne Remson, Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders and Chapter Leader of the NSA Phoenix Family Chapter, reviews the IEP process and helps you understand how to get the most out of your educational partnership with your child's school.

  • 00:43

    Scout extensions and IEP for Scouts (ISAP)

    in Family

    We are honored ot have back on the show Tony Mei who the BSA National Chair for Speical Needs. 
    Today, Tony and I will be talking about Scout extensions and the ISAP (Individualized Scouting Advancement Plan) which is simular to a IEP in a school setting and we will also be talking about extensions are applied for and received to allow a scout to continue to work on differnt scouting achivements. 
    Learn the process, what can be asked for, what should be avoided and the ins and outs of the proecss. 

  • 00:15

    IEPs for You and Me

    in Parents

    Who owns the IEP process? Hear some insight from a special needs mom who's also a special education teacher. 

    Parents don't always realize how much work goes into an IEP, or how challenging it is for the teachers who write them.
    Teachers don't always appreciate how lost parents can feel through the whole process.
    Kids rarely get the full spectrum of services that will make for the most enriching educational experience possible. 

    Parents have to be the final driving force in the education of their child, because the only thing that will follow a child from pre-k to graduation is that IEP file and parental guidance.

    Be sure to check out the IEP Aide from Vestidd, which will guide you through the important information on that IEP, and will allow you to store all of that paperwork easily, so that you can be the driving force and let that IEP grow with your child. 

    Learn more at www.vestidd.com

  • 00:41

    Dyslexia Intervention: What Every Parent Should Know

    in Education

    Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She received her doctorate in literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. She is a certified special education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. Kelli is trained in Structured Word Inquiry, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Wilson Reading Programs. Kelli is the Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” is a frequent speaker at conferences, and is currently writing “Dyslexia: Decoding the System.


    Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She is a certified Special Education Advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. She has been a trainer for the past 15 years training teachers, adult literacy staff, and professional and volunteer tutors. She is the past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Tracy is trained in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Wilson Reading System,and  Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessment tests. Tracy has presented at numerous conferences on learning disabilities, phonics, reading and writing instruction, as well as provided professional development for K-12 teachers.She co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” is a frequent speaker at conferences



  • 01:10

    Voices of Hope with Minister Kim, Family & Friends

    in Self Help

    Join us this week as we have another great show planned for you. This Saturday we welcome Author, Speaker, Transformation Coach, T.V Personality Alex Stephen!!!

    This week’s discussion is all about empowering us to walk by Faith and Not by Sight. Alex Stephen will share with us the importance of activating our faith. He is an author, speaker, transformation coach and TV personality living his passion by sharing the wisdom from his life journey of raising a successful Deaf Child and making a life altering decision. He now empowers people to transform their lives.

                    We’re also giving away complimentary copies of his latest books, So be the 38th Caller!!!!!

      "Courage in our Hearts...A Family's Love Story"   &  "IEP Goals Made Easy" .    

    So be sure to check us out this Saturday at 9amEST....Call 347-857-1295 

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  • 01:00

    Preparing for an IEP meeting

    in Legal

    Presented by Special Education Attorney, Jeffrey A. Gottlieb. Learn how to be effective at an IEP meeting, such that your child receives appropriate placement, services and goals. Check website for IEP informational materials at www.specialeducationattorneyatlaw.com.

  • 00:50

    When the School Says No, How to Get to Yes

    in Education

    Dr. Vaughn K. Lauer has thirty years of experience, Pre-K through post-secondary, as a teacher, professor, and building, district and state administrator of special education and various private organization directorships in professional development and test development. His latest work includes a book on collaborative IEP development called When the School Says No…How to Get the Yes!, parent presentations, regional, state, national and international conferences  and articles published in parent magazines and the web.

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