Allowing children to help create THEIR plan and THEIR goals to help reach THEIR definition of success can bring about an unwavering passion for attainment.
Challenge Children To Improve, Evolve, And Pivot On The Obstacle Course Of Life. #BetterTomorrow #TeachingChildren
Children are born a blank canvas, their thoughts, actions and beliefs are molded by their environment over time. #LeadByExample #EducationIs24HoursADay
As parents and educators, we can help by being proactive in understanding what special education services a child needs to be successful, and deliver them.
Special education requires a team to ensure the success of children. When parents and educators work together, the likelihood of success increases drastically!
FAPE was designed to help every child across the nation reach their academic excellence by providing the tools and resources necessary for the individual.
How can we influence positive change in special education? By focusing on the core reason these services were created in the first place… CHILDREN.
As parents and educators, it’s our duty to ensure failure is viewed merely as a pivot point in achieving success, not the ending point of an idea.
Growth is most often the difficult, ugly, unforeseen challenges that force us to be better, force us to learn and help shape our future success.
When parents and educators work together the lines of communication are wide open. Children are able to receive unified instruction and reinforcements both inside the classroom and at home.
Though all children will experience challenges and setbacks… believing in their success can make a massive impact on their path to excellence.
Whether you’re a parent, teacher, family member or friend, setting a positive example will leave a lifelong impression on a child and help them navigate toward success.
Though it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated during an IEP meeting, it’s important to remember that as a parent you hold the power. #SpecialEducation
Love me and I will love you back unconditionally. Believe in me and I will exceed your wildest expectations. Be my parent, my friend, my coach and I will succeed.
Life is full of choices. Going against the grain and what society often sees as “normal” isn’t easy. However, the rewards can truly be life changing.
Behaviors come in many forms. Most often when the root cause is identified, a solution isn’t far behind. #SpecialEducation #DigDeepForAnswers
Believe… that all children, regardless of label or circumstance, have the opportunity to be and do whatever they want in life so long as they allow nothing to stand in their way.
Love And Cherish Every Moment With Your Children. There is no greater gift than being a parent. #HappyHolidays #Grateful
With constant encouragement coupled with love and acceptance, your child will enjoy the fruits of success. #PositiveInfluence #SpecialEducation
Allow Me To Learn In A Way That’s Best For Me And Watch Me Outperform The Masses. #TheSecretIsOut All Children Learn Differently. #SpecialEducation
Special education services can literally change the lives of the children who need them. #SpecialEducation #ChildrenComeFirst
Special education services and associated labels, were created only to offer individualized learning to assist children in reaching academic success, not to define their lives. #SpecialEducation #RememberTheBasics
Special Education Services are a right for children who need them. However, it sometimes seems like it takes an act of congress for children with special needs to receive these vital benefits.
Support Children With Special Needs. While special education labels provide a countless number of much needed services, they can also lead to bullying and misunderstanding.
Teach your child how to speak up for themselves with respect, confidence and the forthright to effect positive change in their own lives. #SelfAdvocacy
Believing in the end result even when it seems impossible will strengthen your child’s opportunity for success. #ParentingPower #AnythingIsPossible
Goals aren’t just reserved for school or sports. Be creative in goal setting at home. Everyone loves the feeling that comes from winning! #ParentingPower
As a parent you possess the greatest power; the right to advocate the best education for your child. #AdvocateExcellence #ParentAdvocate #SpecialEducation
Encourage, empower and embrace your child’s individuality! All children are unique. #EmbraceIndividuality #ParentingPower
Be the voice of change for children with special needs. By working together, we can make a difference! #SpecialEducation #YouHaveAVoice
In the United States, all children have the right to a free appropriate public education. Why does it still seem so difficult for a majority of children with special needs to receive the academic opportunity they deserve?
Though attending and participating in your child with special needs IEP meeting is vital, in 20 years it will be the love you provided them that they’ll remember most.
A teacher should inspire a child to reach academic success; A parent should inspire their child to use that success in a way that influences positive change in the world.
Every child in this world is different. As a society we need to stop focusing on the best way to teach the masses, and instead focus on teaching children as individuals.
In special education, fight through educational challenges. The rewards are exceptional! #ThinkDifferently #SpecialEducation
While you’re busy wrapping presents, decorating and cooking… Remember to set aside time with your children. The memories and traditions created during the Holiday Season last a lifetime.
By working together, educators and parents can set children on a path to success. #Communicate #ChildrenMatterMost #Education #Inspire
In the eyes of a child; love and acceptance matter most. Accept your child for who they are and love them to success. #ChildAdvocate #SpecialEducation
This busy holiday season, don’t forget it’s the little things that truly help your child be successful; Structure and a Routine. #Consistency #SpecialEducation
As a parent, your child is watching your every move, action and reaction and will emulate them almost perfectly. #PositiveExample #ParentingPower
A child with special needs requires love, guidance, encouragement, positive influence and a life teacher just like all other children. #ThinkDifferently
Labels associated with #SpecialEducation were designed only to offer the services needed to ensure the success of all children, not define the children themselves.
Teach in the way a child learns. Don’t force a child to learn in the way we teach. All children learn differently. #SpecialEducation
This Holiday Season, the greatest gift you can give your child is love and acceptance. #Peace #Love #Joy #Family
DisAbility stands for Dedicated Individualized Support #ThinkDifferently #SpecialEducation
A child with special needs may learn, act, speak, think and remember differently just like every other child in this world. #SpecialEducation
Every child in this world is unique. Their personalities, challenges, strengths, learning ability, physical ability, hair color, skin color, eye color and the language they speak.
All children have the right to Free Appropriate Public Education. Knowledge is the key to your child’s future success. Fight for what’s rightfully theirs!
Teaching is one of the toughest jobs in this country. With classroom sizes continuing to increase and available resources decreasing, teachers are doing more with less.
When you believe in your child; no life obstacle is too big, no barrier too tall, no words too debilitating and nothing in this world can stop them from achieving greatness. #Believe
Parenting a child with special needs requires patience, understanding, love, support and advocacy just like parenting any child. #ThinkDifferently
Children are a true blessing! #ChildrenRock #BeThankful #HappyThanksgiving
To often people focus on the perceived limitations of children with special needs instead of their unique abilities. The truth is, all children learn differently and special education services are designed simply to provide the tools necessary for all to reach their excellence. #SpecialEducation
Think differently about education. #SpecialEducation #ChangingLives
Parenting can be full of frustration, stress and monotony. However, all it takes is hearing the words “I love you” to remember the true fulfillment a child brings to our lives. #ChildrenBringJoy #ParentingPower
Knowing what disabilities a child has should only be used as insight into how they’re best taught, not their defining characteristics. #SpecialEducation #Success
Imagine a world where the understanding and acceptance of children with special needs outweighs the common misconceptions and mistreatment today’s society places on them. #ChangeCanHappen #SpecialEducation
Some of the most memorable moments in a child’s life don’t require a massive amount of money or intense planning. A trip to the park, family movie night or even something as simple as a no electronics policy at the dinner table can leave a lasting impact. #ParentingPower
Instead of trying to figure out how to teach the masses, let’s shift the focus to creating an efficient way of maximizing individualized education. Will it take work? Yep. Does it seem impossible? Sure, but so did a trip to the moon 100 years ago.
Through an allowance or a pay per chore philosophy, you will prepare your child for how the world really works. #NothingInLifeIsFree #ParentingPower
Knowing that you played a major role in your child’s success and life’s accomplishments is second to none. #ParentingPower
As parents, focus your efforts on fixing the root cause not just the symptoms. #SpecialEducation #ParentingPower
Remaining consistent in your message and actions will help create a solid foundation for your child’s path to success. #ParentingPower
Your child may not always agree with your parenting decisions at the time. However when they’re all grown up and living a success-filled life, they will thank you. #ParentingPower
A child’s smile can brighten even the darkest moments. #SmileBack
When teaching your child, be creative in your approach. Use excitement and imagination throughout all of life’s lessons. The results are drastic increases in both comprehension and their ability to retain information. Remember, children just want to have fun! #ParentingPower
Family traditions are handed down from generation to generation. What’s your family’s favorite tradition? #PassItOn #FamilyTraditions
As parents, don’t get stressed out about doing everything right. Focus your energy on simply doing and realize mistakes will be made. No one’s perfect. #ParentingPower
Through the tantrums, behaviors and frustrations, those 3 simple words will leave a lasting impact on your child’s life as well as yours.
We’re all human. #StandTogether
Whether the teaching is intentional or not, they’re watching. Most of your child’s life isn’t spent in a classroom… It’s spent at home. Be intentional about what you’re teaching. #ParentingPower #Education
Don’t make the assumption that your child is receiving everything they need in school. Ask questions, stay informed and do everything in your power to ensure their success. #ParentingPower
A solid partnership between you and your child’s teacher will have a lasting impact on your child’s path to success. #Education
As classroom sizes grow and budgets dwindle, teachers are forced to teach to the average. Children above the average become bored and children below the average become lost. Behavior issues are often the byproduct. #ThinkDifferently #Education
Instilling confidence and positive self-esteem in your child will help to ensure a successful future. #BrightFuture #Believe
Help your child maintain a can-do attitude while navigating the struggles of life. #ParentingPower #Encouragement
Showing affection toward your child builds their self-esteem. #HugThem #LoveThem
Never underestimate the power you have to set your child up for success. #MakeADifference #ParentingPower
Learning right from wrong is one of the most important values your child can learn. #ChangeTheWorld #ParentingPower
Your child’s life story begins with you. The beginning chapters are mostly yours to write and set the foundation for what’s to come. #ParentingPower #Believe
Children go from diapers to college in what seems to be a blink of an eye. Love and cherish even the little things along the way. #Love #CreateLastingMemories
You are your child’s first teacher and lifelong advisor. It’s not always easy, but the reward is life changing.
You are to your child what your favorite athlete, singer and actor are to you. Hero, role model and inspiration. #PositiveInfluence #LeadByExample
A Cause Worth Fighting For. #ActionEqualsChange #SpecialEducation
Be your child’s voice. You have the largest impact on their path to success. #StayInformed #AskQuestions
A Child’s Imagination Can Change The World.
Your child will act like you act, love like you love and do what you do. You are your child’s role model. Guide them down a path of excellence by leading the way.
Turn the phrase “you can’t” into “you can.” The world will never be the same.
One of the greatest gifts you can offer a child is simply to listen and encourage.
Focus on the root cause of a behavior, not just the behavior itself.
A label doesn’t have to define a child.
Understanding special education isn’t an easy task however, it’s crucial to the success of your child. This need for knowledge is especially true in the IEP process.
Parental involvement is paramount to a child’s success in all aspects of special education, especially their Individualized Education Plan or IEP.
Give Children With Special Needs The Love, Tools And Support They Deserve. When That Happens… WATCH Them Outperform The Masses! #SpecialEducation
A Special Education Label Is Only A Means Of Receiving Tools And Resources… Hard Work, Persistence And Confidence Prove It! #SpecialEducation
A Special Education IEP is a detailed guide of the tools and assistance necessary to ensure a child reaches their excellence. #FollowTheIEP
Confidence is created through believing that no obstacle is too large and when you apply yourself… Anything is possible. #Believe #ThinkDifferently
As 2014 Comes To An End; Reflect on the challenges and set goals to improve… Relish in the successes of your child… In the end those are what matter most.
As you set 2015 goals for your child remember; Break large goals into achievable chunks. Also, track and communicate progress with an emphasis on positive success.
Change is inevitable for everyone. For children with special needs, any variation of a routine can be especially difficult. Be a positive, understanding and caring voice.
As parents and educators, the environment we create for children can directly impact their ability to reach maximum success. #Encourage #BePositive #Listen
When we focus on the basics, including patience and consistency, it helps to minimize the time it takes children to refocus and get back on their learning path.
The more knowledge you have in the world of special education, the better equipped you’ll be to advocate the best possible education for your child.
Our children deserve the opportunity to reach their excellence and it’s our job to do everything in our power to ensure they receive it. Let’s stand together and speak out for what’s right.
Home Is A Happy, Safe And Nonjudgmental Environment For Children. Home is a comfort zone filled with love, understanding and a sense of togetherness.
Foster your child’s creative side and allow their imagination to soar without boundaries. The next world-changing invention or even a cure for cancer may be locked up in their minds. #LetItOut #ParentingPower
Success should never be measured against the ideal… Instead, measure success as the difference between where you are now, and where you started.
As parents and educators, breaking our silence will help ensure the future success of our children. The current state of the education system needs us!
Children are constantly learning from their environment. The moment they make eye contact and begin to soak up their surroundings, their life journey has begun.
Encourage children to think outside the box, cross boundaries created by someone before us and never give up. #CreativityChangesTheWorld
No two children are the same, even identical twins. Understand what they desire out of life, and work your tail off assisting them on getting there.
Some of the greatest breakthroughs in history started as a dream which was then cultivated into reality. Teach children to challenge life’s invisible lines.
Before the environment has a chance to intervene, all children aspire to be successful by their definition.
As a parent, providing a structured routine, consistent message, and praising positive behaviors, builds a foundation for academic success in children.
As parents and educators, it’s vital we teach children that through hard work, the “impossible” becomes possible.
It’s the actions we take when confronted with adversity that shapes our character, and helps to determine our life’s path.
The Simple Things In Life Often Bring The Most Happiness. A Smile…A Hug… A Perfect Moment In Time… Can Positively Change The Course Of Any Day.
A Major Part Of Child Advocacy Is Asking The Tough Questions… As Many Times And In As Many Ways As It Takes To Have A Clear Understanding Of The Answer!
In order to inspire real, meaningful change in education, we must first tackle the fear of the unknown and search beyond what’s deemed possible.
Achieving academic excellence is extremely difficult without the full participation of the teacher, student AND parents; All 3 are needed to create balance.
Giving Your Child Choices And Allowing Them To Make Their Own Decision, Can Be Invaluable To Their Growth. EVERYONE likes to make their own decisions.
When we stop teaching to the masses, and start listening to the individual, we will discover each child’s key to personal success.
To Some, A Disability May Seem Like A Broken Binding On An Old Book. However, The Inside Remains Full Of; Inspiration, Motivation And Life.
Special Education Labels are meant to be nothing more than a guide for maximizing both the learning, and development needs of an individual child.
For Children, Little Things Such As; Being There, Listening To Your Child, And Loving Them Unconditionally; All Help To Create A Baseline For Success.
Labels Were Never Intended To Define The Lives Of Children. They Were Simply Created To Help Allocate Resources And Teach Children In The Way THEY Learn.
Simply listening to your child and engaging in their interests will ensure the lines of communication always remain open, and unobstructed.
Respect both the child and their parent, be kind and smile. For you have no idea what circumstances led to the outburst. How would you like to be treated?
Tis the season, An IEP’s the reason, That parents walk through the classroom door. They chat with experts, IEP experts, While their children play on the floor. Confusion sets in, From deep down within, Until parents can take no more. Their eyes become glazed, And their mind slightly hazed, As they peer anxiously toward the door. As the meeting wraps up, To every question, they answer “yup,” While wishing they simply knew more. As they leave for the day, They make a promise and say, “I will somehow win this IEP war.” Luke Dalien