Tag Archives: Special Needs

Springtime Review of IEPs

This is the time of year when students are preparing for graduation.  Anticipation is also beginning to grow about the next school year.  And parents can play a role in preparing for next September by reviewing the existing IEP and … Continue reading

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IEPs. Here today, gone tomorrow? Part II

Yesterday, I wrote about the excellent presentation on Individual Education Plans that I heard at the conference hosted by BC Parents of Special Needs Children. The facilitators provided a lot of tips for ensuring that the IEP process was responsive … Continue reading

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IEPs. Here today, gone tomorrow? Part I

One of the topics presented at the April 2nd conference hosted by BC Parents of Special Needs Children was “The ABCs of IEPs”.  The two presenters, teacher/parent Tina Patterson and parent advocate Dr. Sherri Brown went way beyond explaining the basics.  … Continue reading

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Special Needs Advocacy Conference, Sat. April 2nd

The conference on Advocating for Special Needs Children in BC Schools has been listed on our Events page for months, and it promises to be a remarkable event.  The last blog we posted on this site focussed on the importance of parents working … Continue reading

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Second Thoughts About Pre-School Advocacy

My last blog post questioned whether advocacy is necessary on behalf of happy, thriving pre-schoolers who are receiving a lot of enrichment from their teachers and parents. My conclusion was that if a child’s signs of giftedness are being recognized and accommodated, there … Continue reading

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Conference by BC Parents of Special Needs Children

I want to celebrate International Women’s Day by focussing on a group of remarkable women who have an impressive track record in advocacy. Their individual accomplishments are impressive but collectively they have come together as The BC Parents of Special Needs … Continue reading

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What do parents want from a parent conference?

I left the Vancouver Island Parent Conference wondering why parents go to a parent conference about education. Perhaps things have changed for parents. Perhaps parenting nowadays means something different.  When my children were in school I wanted information and explanations. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Reflections on GCABC/LMGC Conference

As my post of a few days ago announced, the Gifted Children’s Association of BC and the  Lower Mainland Gifted Contacts hosted a conference on Feb. 17th in Coquitlam. I attended, along with more than 100 parents and teachers, and … Continue reading

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Equitable Access to Education

Yes, of course. Equitable Access is what we want for all children.  But the creators of the website by that name have come right out and said it.  Visit BC Parents of Special Needs Children to see how they have … Continue reading

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Feeding a Whale with Grass

Elizabeth Meckstroth is credited for this widely appreciated quote: If we were TV sets, some of us would only get five channels. Others are wired for cable (the general population) and some of us (the gifted) are hooked up to … Continue reading

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