Category: School

Episode #36 | School Administration Conflict

Episode #36 | School Administration Conflict

In this episode of ISAAC’s Autism in the Wild, we talk about different ways parents have experienced conflict with school administrators and ways they handled and potentially resolved these conflicts. We wrap up the episode with some words of wisdom learned through these conflicting encounters.

Episode #31 | Coffee Chat with Tanya Holmes

Episode #31 | Coffee Chat with Tanya Holmes

Tanya Holmes has been a regular guest on ISAAC’s Autism in the Wild podcast since it’s launch in 2019.  Each time she joins me, she brings her unique experience as not just a mother, but also a primary school counselor and teacher. While Tanya’s demeanor is soft and more reserved, she is not afraid to challenge her school district when it comes to advocating for the needs of her child in the classroom and fighting for the IEP she knows her child is legally entitled to have.  Tanya has taken more IEP workshops of any parent I know – which is why I refer so many of my struggling families her direction.  I call her my IEP legal eagle.

Episode #29 | Pepping Kids with ASD for College

Episode #29 | Pepping Kids with ASD for College

15 years ago, college opportunities for individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders was practically unheard of.  In the few cases I came across, the opportunity was made possible by a dedicated parent who attended each class with their loved one to help provide the one-on-one support their child needed.  Thankfully, this is no longer the case.  There are many universities within Washington and throughout the United States that are either specifically for students with special needs or universities who have added programs that support these individuals.

In this podcast episode Doug Piehl, retired national director of college planning for Thrivent Financial, joined me to discuss the options he saw in his position with Thrivent and things parents can be doing to help prepare not just their child with ASD but also their neuro-typical child for post secondary education.  Believe it or not – you can start planning as early as 8th GRADE!

Doug Piehl, while retired, may be reached at Piehldouglas@gmail.com for specific college planning questions.

Episode #8 | IEP Accommodations

Episode #8 | IEP Accommodations

We all want what’s best for our kids, especially when it comes to education. In this podcast we talk in depth about IEP accommodations and whether it’s possible to ask for too much of our teachers and schools.  In this podcast, a group of parents joined me to discuss:

  • Strategies for “how to ask” for what we need for our special needs kids.
  • Whether schools are “reactive” instead of “proactive”.
  • What an “appropriate” education looks like for kids with more needs.
  • How to step back and respect feedback from schools.
  • Differences between an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and a BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan).
  • Differences between educational IEP goals and IEP accommodations.
  • Parent’s responsibility in the IEP process.
  • Power of connecting with other parents within your district and creating/participating in a special needs PTG/PTO.