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Communication

*Editor's Note: PEAK Parent Center knows the way forward in these uncharted waters amid unprecedented school closures must include collaboration from everyone involved. Education is a community investment. We want each of your voices to be heard; your successes, your struggles, and all that lies between. Therefore, in the coming weeks we will feature tips, questions and answers, and more to provide a way for us to come together (while practicing social distancing) and work toward solutions that help eachRead more
Aside from the daily statistics on rates of infection, lockdowns, curfews, shutdowns, economic instability and more, It is really easy to get overwhelmed with all the information being dumped on us about educating our kids from home amid indefinite school closures. Every other post I’ve scrolled through in the last week seems to be a free subscription, ways to keep your kids busy and learning while at home, or some method to keep parents sane amid the chaos. It’s difficultRead more

Smooth Transitions from Grade to Grade

Whether you have a child who will be transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, elementary school to middle school, or high school and beyond, transitions can be tumultuous times. And while transitions are a normal and natural time in our lives and necessary for our growth, they can be especially trying when you have a child with a disability. Here are some ideas and insight to make them as seamless as possible. Mindset matters. Good transitions set the tone for positiveRead more
An Interview by Alison Baird This time of year brings many calls to our parent advisor line at PEAK. The vast majority of issues are on one topic: behavior. Today we bring you an interview with Parent Advisor Shirley Swope on what happens after the excitement of the new school year dies with suggestions on how you can best support your child or student. What is the honeymoon period in schools? “In education, the honeymoon period begins when school startsRead more

Back to School Webinar Series

This Fall, PEAK's Parent Training and Information Project hosted a Back to School webinar series! The webinar series was attended by families and educators from Colorado and beyond, and was tremendously well received by all participants! So, we wanted to be sure you had access to the archives and the resources shared! Click on the links below to access the recording from each webinar as well as additional resources shared during the webinar! Accessibility note: all of the links belowRead more

Questioning Removal, Rejection and Exclusion

By Guest Author Paula Kluth This article is from the website of Dr. Paula Kluth. It, along with many others on inclusive schooling, differentiated instruction, and literacy can be found at www.PaulaKluth.com . Visit now to read her Tip of the Day, read dozens of free articles, and learn more about supporting diverse learners in K-12 classrooms! I was visiting an elementary school when I passed a little boy sitting on the floor in the hallway crying and sucking onRead more

Positive Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

A Mother Makes an Important Discovery Twelve year old Jacob was to start middle school soon. For several weeks, Jacob's mother, Denise, had noticed that he had been waking several times nightly with bad dreams. Since he was not getting enough rest, he had become contrary and moody during the day. His younger sister and the family dog seemed to receive the brunt of his bad feelings. Denise didn't know what to do. After several unsuccessful attempts of punishing himRead more
We are delighted to share these interesting insights from long-time PEAK colleague Emma Van der Klift. When we first read the title, we wondered exactly how much hostage negotiators and parents/advocates really could have in common. But, in fact many of the skill sets are very much the same! Respect, listening, and relationship building are skills parents need to work successfully with school IEP teams. We hope you enjoy this great read, and that it makes you think of waysRead more

Ask A Parent Advisor: Preparing for IEP Meetings

Question: "I always prepare to be positive and put my best foot forward before my child's IEP meetings, but as soon as I walk in I feel overwhelmed. The meetings tend to begin with what's wrong and what's not working, and I immediately feel the need to be defensive. Do you have any suggestions on ways I can prepare for my child's IEP meeting and also tips for being positive during the IEP meeting?" Answer: Preparing for an IEP meetingRead more

Effective Communication – It's Key!

As we approach situations when we need to advocate, it's important to consider strategies that will help to make things as successful and smooth as possible for all parties involved. Communication is essential and effective communication, like any skill, takes practice. Here are the key components of effective communication skills, taken from Marshall Rosenberg's book, Non-Violent Communication. Be a Good Listener Don't plan your response while the other person is talking. Instead, focus your attention on trying to understand theRead more