131 episodes

The Special Education Inner Circle podcast is hosted by Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, founder of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship + Network. Get your notebook ready as Catherine brings you real-world strategies for everyone at the IEP table. With her family's experience in the disability community and her journey from Special Education classroom teacher to IEP expert, Catherine knows what it takes to prepare students and families for the future. Get ready to be inspired and learn actionable steps you can take immediately to change your special education experience.

Special Education Inner Circle Catherine Whitcher

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    • 4.6 • 53 Ratings

The Special Education Inner Circle podcast is hosted by Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, founder of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship + Network. Get your notebook ready as Catherine brings you real-world strategies for everyone at the IEP table. With her family's experience in the disability community and her journey from Special Education classroom teacher to IEP expert, Catherine knows what it takes to prepare students and families for the future. Get ready to be inspired and learn actionable steps you can take immediately to change your special education experience.

    #131: Take the Fluff Out of Your IEP To-Do List

    #131: Take the Fluff Out of Your IEP To-Do List

    It's time for you to give yourself permission to take the fluff out of your IEP to-do list!

    Lean in and listen to this quick, honest message about how to focus on what NEEDS to get done. I've got three strategies to help you right now!

     

    Learn to Become a Master IEP Coach www.masterIEPcoach.com/info 

    Get free weekly IEP training! www.masterIEPcoach.com/masterclass 

    Get expert IEP Help you can’t get anywhere else! www.masterIEPcoach.com/innercircle

    • 12 min
    #130: Connection vs. Compliance with Katja Piscitelli

    #130: Connection vs. Compliance with Katja Piscitelli

    There's a lot of talk about compliance during the school day for students who have an IEP.

    What should your child be doing? What guidelines do they need to follow? What needs to happen? And is this compliance or connection? All of these things get wrapped up into a bigger emotional conversation. That's exactly why I brought Katja Piscitelli (@bohospeechie) to talk about connection vs. compliance and how we can help understand our students behavior and language through motivation and communication!

     

    Learn to Become a Master IEP Coachwww.masterIEPcoach.com/info 

    Get free weekly IEP training! www.masterIEPcoach.com/masterclass 

    Get expert IEP Help you can’t get anywhere else! www.masterIEPcoach.com/innercircle

     

    Get Connected with Katja Pisctelli, M.S., CCC-SLP:

    IG: @bohospeechie

    FB: Boho Speechie - https://www.facebook.com/Boho-Speechie-106659364821136/

    Meaningful Speech Course: https://www.meaningfulspeech.com/

    Marge Blanc's website with links to research : https://communicationdevelopmentcenter.com/

     

    Grab the Books Mentioned in the Episode:

    Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life https://amzn.to/35j5HVo

    Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes https://amzn.to/3tNLXTh

    Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language https://amzn.to/3uEA4ya

    • 22 min
    #129: 3 Keys to AAC in the IEP

    #129: 3 Keys to AAC in the IEP

    AAC, also known as augmentative and alternative communication, is key part of so many IEPs!

    I want to make sure you have these 3 keys for effective AAC strategies directly in the IEP. We can write down anything inside the IEP, but if we don't know what to ask for and how to follow through with those requests, then it's all just words on a page. So grab your notepad, because you're going to want these 3 keys!

     

    I have 12 questions you need to ask before your next IEP meeting. Grab yours today at iepchecklist.com.

    Want more AAC strategies? Check out our episode from a few months ago with Lucy from @thealternativewaytoprek all about AAC for early learners.

    Want to watch Lucy's expert session on AAC (plus all our other guest expert sessions)? Become an Inner Circle VIP today: www.masteriepcoach.com/innercircle

    • 7 min
    #128: You are More Than a Special Education Parent or Teacher

    #128: You are More Than a Special Education Parent or Teacher

    You are more than a teacher. You are more than a parent. You are MORE!

    That's exactly why I brought Amanda DeLuca and Kate Swenson on the show to talk about a topic that's quite often seen as taboo. Amanda and Kate's nonprofit, The More Than Project, aims to provide free telehealth and mental health counseling for caregivers of special needs children. With both women being special needs mothers, they understood the stress, exhaustion, and struggle that comes with special needs caregiving and wanted to serve others with the support they wish they had years ago. We're going to hit some of those tough topics and give you some bigger solutions, too.

     

    Learn to Become a Master IEP Coach www.masterIEPcoach.com/info 

    Get free weekly IEP training! www.masterIEPcoach.com/masterclass 

    Get expert IEP Help you can’t get anywhere else! www.masterIEPcoach.com/innercircle 

     

    Connect with Amanda and Kate:



    Our nonprofit, The More Than Project: Foundation - Finding Cooper's Voice | Welcome to the Secret World of Autism



    Jackson's Journey, Jackson's Voice



    Kate's book, Forever Boy: https://amzn.to/3691swl



    Home - Finding Cooper's Voice | Welcome to the Secret World of Autism (findingcoopersvoice.com)

    • 22 min
    #127: 3 Thoughts on Building a Business that Employs Disabled Adults

    #127: 3 Thoughts on Building a Business that Employs Disabled Adults

    We just added another AMAZING speaker to our Master IEP Coach VIP Weekend in Milwaukee! And this new speaker has me thinking about all the ways we could be creating better opportunities for adults with disabilities after their time with an IEP. Lean in and listen to 3 reasons why you should build a business that employs disabled adults in your community!

    We're going to take that one step further at VIP Weekend. Yes, our VIP IEP weekend is focused on IEPs, but IEPs are all about preparing for an awesome life. Building a business in your community could be part of the big IEP picture!

    Sign Up for the VIP IEP Weekend here + meet our new speaker in person!

    Become a Master IEP Coach today: www.masteriepcoach.com/info

     

     

     

    • 10 min
    #126: Special Education Doesn't Need to Be So Cold

    #126: Special Education Doesn't Need to Be So Cold

    "Show me the data. What's this child's eligibility category? What does the latest behavior data look like? Tell me what the medical diagnosis is for this child."

    All these things are so clinical, but special education doesn't have to feel so cold. Today, we're going to talk about 3 ways to bring some warmth to balance out the numbers at an IEP meeting.

     

    Learn to Become a Master IEP Coach www.masterIEPcoach.com/info

    Get free weekly IEP training! www.masterIEPcoach.com/masterclass

    Get expert IEP Help you can’t get anywhere else! www.masterIEPcoach.com/innercircle

     

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Alicia Seeton ,

Better together

Catherine provides meaningful advice to help everyone involved in the IEP process better work together. She’s honest, intentional and always has research to back up what she’s saying! Love how she promotes collaboration. Can not recommend this podcast enough.

Jenna E C ,

Simple and Motivating

I’m only to episode 7 in this podcast, but each episode leaves me with something to cling to that pushes me in a forward direction as a special education teacher. I want my team to listen to Catherine. I want my parents to listen. I want general education teachers and therapists to listen. This is for anyone and everyone at the IEP table. Thanks, Catherine!

Drburnett ,

School’s evaluations

Spoken like true district staff!! this is why my advocacy business is so busy!! Is she aware that kids with reading concerns do not have to be below the 25th%. She needs to update her knowledge of AB 1369. Kids with good grades can be eligible for sped. Bad advise for your sped parents 👎
Dr. Burnett

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