96 episodes

Welcome to Ashley Barlow Co. podcast!  This business has been in my heart for so many years, and I so excited to share it with you.  In these podcasts we’ll discuss all things special education – from eligibility to implementation of the IEP.  We’ll talk about basic concepts and dive deeper into specific topics.  We’ll talk about self-care for caregivers and professionals that support children on IEPs.  We’ll discuss best practices, behavior, therapies, and more! 

Special Education Advocacy with Ashley Barlow Ashley Barlow

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 28 Ratings

Welcome to Ashley Barlow Co. podcast!  This business has been in my heart for so many years, and I so excited to share it with you.  In these podcasts we’ll discuss all things special education – from eligibility to implementation of the IEP.  We’ll talk about basic concepts and dive deeper into specific topics.  We’ll talk about self-care for caregivers and professionals that support children on IEPs.  We’ll discuss best practices, behavior, therapies, and more! 

    Advocating From Your Gut

    Advocating From Your Gut

    You know when your intuition just tells you something is right, but you have a hard time advocating? It’s like you know something is right, but you cannot really articulate it, so you say a lot of words but never really get to the point. I have clients come in with this issue often, and there is one strategy I always give them. In today’s podcast we will talk about this problem, as well as the strategy that has worked for so many of my clients and myself. Believe me! As somebody who uses a lot of words, I had to figure this went out using trial and error! Save yourself the time, and just listen to this episode!

    • 29 min
    The Ins and Outs of Tutoring with Kelsey Frobeen

    The Ins and Outs of Tutoring with Kelsey Frobeen

    Have you ever wondered if you should get tutoring for your child that is on an IEP or 504 Plan?  How do you find a tutor?  How do you know if they’re a good fit?  What kinds of tutoring models are out there?  We’ll answer all of your tutoring question in today’s episode… yes, even that one.  My guest, Kelsey Frobeen, and I will even talk about the risk that tutoring will take some responsibility off of the school.  

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    Kelsey Frobeen is the Program Manager of Learning Aid Ohio. She manages this statewide program which aims to provide in-person, supplemental learning support for students with IEPs or a 504 plan.

    Kelsey has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with previous experience in project management and process improvement. She is a fierce advocate for the disability community and inclusion. She recently graduated from The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center’s LEND program in May and serves as a family mentor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

    Originally from Piqua Ohio, she now lives in Hilliard with her husband Erik and their 5 year old daughter, Elliot who has cerebral palsy. They enjoy playing outside and having picnics when the weather is nice. Her happy place is at concerts enjoying live music and cross stitching.

     

    • 29 min
    All About Visuals with Tara Tuchel of Autism Little Learners

    All About Visuals with Tara Tuchel of Autism Little Learners

    Visual Schedules Made Easy?!  Yes please!  If anyone has ever told you that your child would benefit from visuals, this episode is for you!  Right?  This episode is for EVERYone… because we can ALL benefit from visuals (hello, grocery list)!  Today I’m talking to the one and only Tara Tuchel of Autism Little Learners, creator of the online course called “Visuals Made Easy” about all things visuals.  Tara, a licensed SLP and early childhood teacher to children with autism, will help us understand exactly what we mean by “visuals,” how to use them, and why so many students benefit from them.  Tara’s enthusiasm is contagious, and her ideas are so darn easy to implement.  

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    Tara is a speech/language pathologist who has worked with autistic children for over 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her minor was in Early Childhood Education. After working exclusively with autistic children at the elementary level for several years, she went on to obtain an Autism Certificate from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She's attended numerous professional development workshops, seminars, and courses over the years, and has been an adjunct professor at Hamline University teaching courses for educators about autism for 10 years.

    Tara spent several years at the early elementary level in Wisconsin and Colorado.  Now, she is enjoying co-teaching in an autism classroom at the early childhood level (mainly with children ages 2.5 to 5 years) in Minnesota. Another aspect of her job at the early childhood level includes doing initial evaluations, from speech/language evaluations to full autism assessments. The parent connection at the preschool level is something she really loves!
     
    Tara started Autism Little Learners in March of 2019, about 6 weeks after she lost her dad to leukemia. The grief was so deep and so raw after he died that she needed something to distract her mind from the pain. Prior to that, she had been thinking about starting a store on Teachers Pay Teachers. because she already made so many of her own materials for her classroom. It can be so difficult to find good resources that are at the right level. Especially for 3 and 4 year old autistic students! So, she started creating resources and activities for educators and parents of young autistic children.  Tara also does several free trainings each year on Facebook, and has an online course titled "Visual Schedules Made Easy".

    Website: https://autismlittlelearners.com/autism-little-learners-about/

    Teachers Pay Teachers, Autism Little Learners Teaching Resources: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Autism-Little-Learners

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/autismlittlelearners/

    • 45 min
    3 Common Issues Arising in Advocacy in the 21-22 School Year

    3 Common Issues Arising in Advocacy in the 21-22 School Year

    In today’s episode, I discuss 3 topics/ issues that have arisen frequently in my special education law practice and that advocates and attorneys across the country are discussing more this school year.  We’ll talk about the issues, as well as solutions and strategies for each one!   

    • 43 min
    The one and only Jack Barlow!!!!!

    The one and only Jack Barlow!!!!!

    If you can’t beat them, join them!  I set an alarm to record early one morning over Memorial Day weekend, but my sweet guy had other plans… Jack woke up, too!  He interrupted my first ten attempts at recording, sooooo this week’s guest is the most special of all—- The Jackman!!!!  Jack and I talk all things special education - LRE, evaluations, MDRs…. Just Kidding!  This is an episode full of complete and udder randomness - a joke, a burp, a fake toot, a list of toys, a little about school, and a lot of trying to get Jack to talk!!!!  :)  This is real life, friends (no, seriously, it’s 7 a.m., Jack has a mustache of yesterday’s Oreos, and I have only consumed about 1/4 of my first coffee!!)  I’m excited to welcome you into our TV room and to introduce you to my wild and crazy guy!

    • 9 min
    The Difference Between Private and School Evaluations with Dr. Brandi Tanner

    The Difference Between Private and School Evaluations with Dr. Brandi Tanner

    You’re not going to want to miss this episode. It’s so full of great information and advocacy tips – not just for people exploring eligibility but also for people considering private evaluations, working with outside clinicians, and for anyone that writes an IEP goal. Yes, yes, that’s YOU!!!! In today’s episode, I talk to psychologist Dr. Brandi Tanner, about evaluations – the difference between what you get at school and what you get in a private clinic, what to do with the results, how often to test, and much, much more!! You guys usually like hearing from the psychologists, and I think you’re going to LOVE this one!
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    Brandi Tanner, Ph.D., NCSP

    Dr. Brandi Tanner has over twenty years of experience working with children and adolescents with learning and behavioral problems. She is both a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist.

    Dr. Tanner earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Masters’ Degree in Special Education from West Virginia University. She entered her working career as a special education teacher. She later returned to school and earned her doctoral degree in School Psychology from the University of South Florida.

    Dr. Tanner’s doctoral-level education training included experiences in assessment and treatment of learning and behavioral problems for children and adolescents, systems-level consultation in Response to Intervention (RtI), and treatment integrity in school interventions. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Tanner worked as a school psychologist in a metro-Atlanta district for several years. 



    Currently, Dr. Tanner provides conducts comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations in her private practice, Lightway Psychological Services. She provides special education advocacy services through Your IEP Source.

    Contact:
    Email: hello@youriepsource.com
    Website: www.youriepsource.com
    Facebook: @youriepsource
    Instagram: @youriepsource

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

RISE Educational Advocacy ,

Blends practical and collaborative IEP strategies

Love each and every episode Ashley posts! Her bright outlook and positivity when speaking frankly about the law interweaves so well with practical and often humorous personal tales. Each week, I look forward to hearing Ashley’s engaging and thoughtful topics. She speaks from the heart. ❤️❤️❤️

J.Lakes ,

Wealth of Knowledge

Every podcast has been helpful to me in learning the IEP process and the world of special education. There are great resources and tips shared throughout all the podcast. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and personal experiences.

Camper Kids Mom ,

Empowering

My son is starting kindergarten and I feel extremely empowered and ready to enter this new chapter of IEPs and advocacy. Ashley Barlow has helped me get organized and helped me know how to empower his teachers on my son’s goals. The world of special education no longer feels like a foreign language! I can look through my son’s IEP and understand what I’m reading. I now know the importance of his goals and the school’s data collection on him. It’s like the fog has been lifted and I’m clearly seeing the special education process. Thank you, Ashley Barlow! Your podcasts came into my life at exactly the right time!

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