Flora Smith

Special Education Advocate

 

Navigating IEP Meetings for Your Child's Educational Success

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What You Will Learn

 

  •  Definition of IEP
  •  Definition of the IEP team
  •  What is covered in an IEP meeting
  •  My background and my experience with IEP
  •  How to implement and IEP Plan
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Who Is This For:

  • Parents and caregivers of children with special needs who are involved in the IEP process.
  • Individuals who believe their child could benefit from an Individualized Education Program.
  • Educators and school administrators seeking to understand the IEP process from a parental perspective.
  • Those feeling overwhelmed by or unprepared for IEP meetings.
  • Anyone interested in ensuring they're fully equipped to support a child's academic success through effective IEP meetings.
  • People wanting to gain confidence in navigating and advocating during IEP meetings.
  • Parent of a child with intellectual or developmental disability

Children with special needs with the following diagnosis:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Children with ASD often have difficulties with social interaction and communication. They may also exhibit repetitive behaviors and have specific, narrow interests.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children with ADHD often have challenges with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity which can affect their ability to focus in school and other settings.

Learning Disabilities

This can include conditions like dyslexia (difficulty with reading and language-based processing skills), dyscalculia (difficulty with arithmetic and math concepts), and dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting).

Speech and Language Disorders

These can include stuttering or difficulties with articulation, voice tone, and language comprehension.

Cognitive Disabilities

This can include intellectual disabilities and developmental delays where children have difficulties with thinking, learning, problem-solving, and adaptive behavior.

Sensory Impairment

This includes visual and hearing impairments which can impact a child's ability to learn in traditional ways.

Physical Disabilities

Conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or muscular dystrophy, which may affect mobility and require the use of assistive devices.

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

This can include conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and conduct disorders.

Health Impairments

These are chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and others that can affect a child's strength, vitality, or alertness.

Down Syndrome

A genetic disorder that causes physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.

About Me:

Hello,

I'm Flora Ann Smith

A devoted mother of two adult children diagnosed with Autism. My journey with autism began on a U.S. Army Base in South Korea when my youngest child's pediatrician mentioned the term for the first time. The suggestion to institutionalize our son shocked us, but it ignited a fierce determination within me to advocate for my children.

After extensive testing and assessments, we received our son's diagnosis. Months later, an encouraging call from the developmental pediatrician who diagnosed my son strengthened my resolve to help him.

My quest to understand and support my son led me through numerous roadblocks. Having to repeat the same information to healthcare, school, and community resources was frustrating. Yet, these challenges fueled my desire to become his most prominent advocate and assist other families navigating similar paths.

To equip myself better, I became certified as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator and an Early Intervention Case Manager. These roles allowed me to help families coordinate the supports and services they need for their children.

When my son started kindergarten, we faced more hurdles. Despite initial excitement, the reality of low expectations and abuse from his educators was disheartening. These experiences made me add Special Education Advocate to my repertoire and led to the establishment of Surpassion Healthcare Services in 2012, where we provide personal and respite care.

As our business grew, we noticed signs of autism in our older daughter. We followed the same process, getting her the help she needed after her diagnosis with autism and psychosis disorder.

Through all these experiences, I have learned the value of perseverance, advocacy, and the power of informed decision-making. My journey is far from over, but I am committed to using my knowledge and experiences to help other families navigate their unique paths in the world of Autism.

Testimonials

Anne K. - Parent of a Child With Aspergers

Review by Anne K.

"Before I found Flora's webinar, I felt like I was lost in a sea of educational jargon and red tape. As a parent of a child with Asperger's, it can be overwhelming to navigate the IEP process on your own. Flora's expertise and passion shine through in every session, providing invaluable guidance that has changed our lives for the better.

Flora's personal journey resonated deeply with me, and her determination to help families like ours is truly inspiring. Her advice is practical, clear, and rooted in real-life experience. Thanks to the strategies I've learned, I now feel confident in advocating for my child's needs during IEP meetings.

The impact of the webinar extends beyond the meetings - it has brought about a positive change in our everyday lives as well. I feel more empowered and informed, and my child has noticed the difference too. Their progress in school has been remarkable since we started implementing the techniques Flora shared.

I am so grateful to have found this resource and to be part of such a supportive community. I would recommend Flora's webinar to any parent navigating the IEP process. It's been a game-changer for us!"

Jessica D. - Mother of Child with Autism

 

"Flora's webinar has been a lifeline for us. Her expertise and empathy shine through, making the complex IEP process manageable. Our child's progress since we started using her strategies is simply astounding. Highly recommended for any parent navigating Autism!"

Angie M. - Parent of a Child With Intellectual Disabilities

 

"Flora's webinar is a true gem. Her practical guidance made the daunting IEP process feel achievable. Seeing my child thrive, thanks to her strategies, is a joy beyond words. A must for parents navigating intellectual disabilities!"