Special Education Advocacy with Ashley Barlow

Ashley Barlow

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! read less

Red Flags at the IEP Table
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Red Flags at the IEP Table
Do you ever feel lonely as a parent in the disability community? Ever feel like the whole world is against you? Just me? JK- I know we all feel that isolation and stress, and I hope this week’s podcast will be a huge help. This week I’m talking to my friend, Shemica Allen, special education advocate, about Red Flags at the IEP Table. This episode will help you understand that it not “just you” and also give you tips to navigate common issues at the IEP table and beyond! Believe me, we’ve all been there! Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/ElU03iDVklvMeet my guest:Shemica S. Allen is the owner of Personalized Learning Solutions, LLC, and a former educator with over 15 years of teaching and administration experience working with students with disabilities and their parents/guardians. Shemica received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Adapted Physical Activity from Texas Christian University. She is certified to teach Special Education and Physical Education and also received her Principal certification in 2010. Shemica has completed the Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). Shemica is now a SEAT 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 Instructor & Teaching Assistant where she helps train others to advocate for students with disabilities. She also has completed Advanced Advocate Training: Representing Parents in Impartial Hearings through COPAA. Shemica has attended hundreds of ARD/IEP, 504, and Student Support Team (SST) meetings.Email: personalizedlearningsolutions@gmail.comWebsite: https://personalizedlearningforall.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/personalizedlearningsolutionsIG: https://www.instagram.com/personalizedlearningsolutionsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shemicasallen
Getting an Evaluation for Your Child
Jan 17 2023
Getting an Evaluation for Your Child
The first episode I recorded with school-psych-turned-advocate, April Rehrig, has been on my Top Ten list since it launched. It makes sense then that I had her back as my first-ever repeat guest! April delivers again in this episode! Join us as we talk about how to get an evaluation for your child. No, we are not just talking about eligibility and that initial request for an evaluation. We are talking about specific language to use, information to provide, the value of the evaluation itself, and subsequent evaluations! April tells it to you straight; her insight is such an asset!Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/Z3yUawlH6p9Meet April:April discovered her passion as a teen, volunteering in a special education school. Raised in a family of educators, it felt natural to help others. Each role in her career led to April’s expertise in disability advocacy. First and foremost, April is a teacher. Prior to leading her own class, she was a substitute, private tutor, instructional assistant, camp counselor, and before/after school program teacher.School psychology was a clear next step. Over the next 20 years, April’s experience and first-hand knowledge led to her transformation into how to Build a Better IEP™️. She went back to school and became a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), Board Certified Educational Advocate (BCEA™), Master IEP Coach®️, and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (CASDCS).April founded Rise Educational Advocacy and Consulting for everyone at the IEP table. Her virtual coursework and toolkits are a must-have for busy parents, teachers, and clinicians on the go. Rise transforms traditional advocacy into a dynamic team-based approach through a strength-based lens that presumes competence.A native Angelino, Los Angeles has always April’s been home. She and her husband have a blended family, with seven children between them. When she isn’t passionately advocating, you’ll find April binge-watching Netflix or walking her sociable pug.Email April at info@riseeducationaladvocacy.com or content on social here: https://lets-rise.mykajabi.com/links?fbclid=PAAaYNpDb82oowzucEO2pbfcQBarHGlkO3iBx_q3WikTnCS2wPn2pEOXrd23YSee April Live at The Special Education and Advocacy Conference on January 28, 2023: https://ashleybarlowco.com/conference-2023
Think inclusion with Tim Villegas
Jan 10 2023
Think inclusion with Tim Villegas
Thinking inclusively is not only a mindset for today’s podcast guest; it’s his job. Tim Villegas joins me on today’s episode to talk about inclusive education. Tim founded a company called Think Inclusive, and it’s now the blog for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. Tim and I will chat about what “inclusion” really means, how to get a more inclusive environment, and much, much more!Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/pqJAMMNwyn3Meet the Guest: Tim Villegas is director of communications at MCIE, a nonprofit that envisions a society where neighborhood schools welcome all learners and create the foundation for inclusive communities. He is the founder of Think Inclusive, MCIE's blog and podcast. Throughout his 16-year career as a special education teacher, Tim advocated for the inclusion of students with significant disabilities in general education classrooms and continues his work with MCIE to empower inclusive systems change in schools and districts.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inclusionmd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inclusionmdLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-educationTwitter: https://twitter.com/inclusionMDYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@inclusionMDWebsite: https://www.mcie.orgPodcast: https://anchor.fm/think-inclusive 3rd Annual Special Education and Advocacy Conference | January 28, 2023Are you tired of feeling frustrated at the IEP table?!  It’s back! The 2023 Free Virtual Special Education Conference is on January 28, 2023! If you’re on an IEP team, you won’t want to miss this fantastic, free conference! Register now here: https://ashleybarlowco.com/conference-2023
Better Speech?  Yes Please!
Nov 22 2022
Better Speech? Yes Please!
Better Speech? Yes please! In today’s episode, I talk with Lenora Edwards, a speech and language therapist, about online speech therapy and language development. You’ll learn how language develops in children as they grow from babies into school-aged children and how to facilitate language as a parent and teacher. Lenora provides virtual speech and language therapy at Better Speech, and she tells us how to access their services. Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/VpwQpJG7iZgMeet My Guest: Lenora Edwards is a ASHA Board Certified Speech Language Pathologist and Chief Knowledge Officer with Better Speech. Since obtaining her CCC’s in 2010, she has worked with individuals of all ages from little ones who are learning to understand and express themselves to adults who want to improve their speaking skills and become a more fluent and effective communicator. Lenora loves to teach and educate others so if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Better Speech is an online speech therapy company that has been providing professional, affordable and convenient speech therapy services for more than a decade. All the Speech Language Pathologists with Better Speech are Board Certified and State Licensed with more than 10 years experience each which allows them to provide outstanding online speech therapy services nationwide and internationally. At BetterSpeech.com , we are experts at helping people communicate in the most efficient and affordable way possible!