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Strength-Based IEPs: Undivided Learning with Dr. Caitlin Solone

Published: Oct. 26, 2021Updated: Jun. 6, 2023
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Strength-based IEPs focus on the strengths and skills your child already has instead of focusing on limitations or deficits, positioning students with disabilities as valuable, capable, and contributing members of their classrooms and communities.

On September 23, 2021, Dr. Caitlin Solone — education advocate, teacher educator, and faculty at UCLA — talked with us about why vision statements can be transformative tools, why strength-based IEPs are more important than ever, and how to navigate the least-restrictive environment now that many kids are back at school. For some highlights, check out the clips below or watch the full recording here.

Have you heard of developing a vision statement for your child? In this clip, Dr. Solone why it's important to have one when you sit down with your IEP team and what it could look like.
Some parents hear the phrase "strength-based IEP" and worry that by only focusing on the positives, their children won't get the services and supports they truly need. But rather than avoiding talking about deficits at all, creating a strength-based IEP means approaching those areas of need with tools for making progress. Listen to this clip for Dr. Solone's explanation of how to use a child's strength to structure their IEP goals.
Dr. Solone is a huge advocate of including kids with varying support needs in general education classrooms. Check out the clip below to hear her explain why inclusion is beneficial and what parents can do if they encounter resistance from the school.
Need more IEP support? Undivided can help you understand the services your child may be entitled to, learn how to advocate while fostering collaboration, and get expert tips so you can enter your IEP meeting feeling prepared and confident. Read about our IEP services here! And for more information on strength-based IEPs, read our article How to Develop a Strength-Based IEP!

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