Definition of an IEP (Individualized Education Program)

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Definition of an IEP (Individualized Education Program)

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IEP is an acronym that stands for Individual Education Plan and it consists of a battery of tests ¬– both academic and psychological and medical – that will determine, first of all if your child will be given a diagnosis and then if they qualify for services. The cons are that this will go on your child's record and that the services that you may be given may not address the actual underlying neurological or medical issues that are causing the academic and behavioral problems. They will simply help your child function in the classroom. The pros are that this can give you child's behavior a little bit of leeway, like my son gets frequent breaks. And there may be some therapies offered. But the problem is that the team is considered the expert on your child and I'm a huge advocate for parents educating themselves and becoming the expert on their child and then finding alternative therapies. While the IEP may give the child some support and leeway in school, it's not going to address the underlying issues.

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Kathy Gordon is the single adoptive mother of a very spirited nine year-old boy, but was not prepared for the challenges of parenting a child whose brain was developed under stress. When her son was three, Kathy had the good fortune of taking parenting classes with Ruth Beaglehole, founding Director of the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, (theechocenter.org), and she realized this powerful compassionate method of working with children was something she wanted to teach. She has been a teacher, director and coach most of her adult life. Kathy was certified as a Parent Educator through the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting in May of 2008, and will now continue her training by becoming a Certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Parent Educator. Kathy works with families individually, teaches parenting classes and facilitates trainings for educators and schools communities. Her practice is called Unconditional Connection because we all long for connection, and we long to be unconditionally loved. We live in a society in which we are continually judged by our behavior. Kathy offers research-based information and tools to help people look underneath and beyond the behavior, so that we may be more unconditionally connected thus creating a world of cooperation and peace. 

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