Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, CLC

Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, CLC. Special Education Speaker & Consultant. Providing Innovative Solutions for Parents & Professionals in the Special Education Community.


Call: (815) 302-1273

So proud of my brother! He was part of the first generation of students who were educated under Special Education law.

You can see from my mom’s status about her day yesterday, how much he can accomplish.

1. He tells time and cares when he doesn’t have access to his watch.

2. He can stay home while my mom goes to work.

3. He can call my mom’s work (ask for her) and express his needs/wants.

Bonus: He had the patience to wait for my mom to get home to fix the problem.

Go Robert! Cheers to my mom too… Part of the original IEP parent advocacy crew who paved the way for you today.

What is your child’s IEP working towards?

5 Key Areas for Special Education Evaluations & Programs
Did you know that when you child is evaluated for special educations services, 5 key areas must be considered?
Physical Development: vision, hearing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills.
Cognitive Development: ability to think, learn and problem solve
Communication Development: ability to understand & use language
Social/Emotional Development: ability to play, make friends, recognize and manage emotions, conflict resolution skills
Adaptive Behavior Development: ability to gain independence in self-care and every day life skills 
Did you also know that once qualified for special education services, your child’s program should be addressing their needs and deficits in all 5 key areas?
Use the areas listed above to evaluate your child’s current education program.  
Is it time for change?
Free IEP Boot Camp eNewsletter

5 Key Areas for Special Education Evaluations & Programs

Did you know that when you child is evaluated for special educations services, 5 key areas must be considered?

  1. Physical Development: vision, hearing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills.

  2. Cognitive Development: ability to think, learn and problem solve

  3. Communication Development: ability to understand & use language

  4. Social/Emotional Development: ability to play, make friends, recognize and manage emotions, conflict resolution skills

  5. Adaptive Behavior Development: ability to gain independence in self-care and every day life skills 

Did you also know that once qualified for special education services, your child’s program should be addressing their needs and deficits in all 5 key areas?

Use the areas listed above to evaluate your child’s current education program.  

Is it time for change?

Free IEP Boot Camp eNewsletter

You’ve been to IEP meetings for years and some things just never change!

Parents who have been there and done that know exactly what to expect at meetings and could do without these 3 habits at their annual IEP meeting:

  1. Walking into the office and spotting the entire team already in the conference room.  They are VERY settled in.  Their scripts have been set by the boss.  You take a deep sigh and know that your negotiations and ideas will have to be brought to the team outside of the IEP meeting in the near future.

  2. The one staff member you really need at the IEP meeting suddenly has a family emergency or a more important meeting than yours.  Again, sigh.  We will get this missing person’s absence in writing and move on, but now you will dedicate several hours of your time in follow up with the admin and this staff member.

  3. The team never fails to waste the first 15 minutes of the IEP meeting telling you how cute and wonderful your child is…as if you don’t already know!  You can put a stop to this crazy last minute attempt to build a bridge over your daughter’s latest adorable classroom habits and arrive with your IEP agenda to assure the team knows you mean business!

What can you expect at your next IEP meeting that you’d rather leave behind?