Mentoring & Inspiration
for your Teacher Life
I just wanted to start this page with some inspiration. We all have days where we feel down or get into a negative mindset. I share Nick's videos here for inspiration and see the impact when you have a support team pushing you to live you life with no limits, you discover the special gifts you have inside.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nick in 2004 and he really is as happy and authentic as you see in these videos. He literally is the best "hugger" and he insisted on hugging everyone in the hall.
He has embraced his life, set big dreams and found his own gifts, which is just beautiful and warms your soul. I hope it shows you to dream big for your child / student and recognise that have been chosen as your child's / students 'cheer squad' where your persistence in continually challenging them to 'go for it' will help them find their 'gift'. Nick talks about this in the second video!
It is great to watch and share with your family... his message will touch your soul.
xox Rachel xox
IEP SUPPORT AND TRAINING FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS
I am extremely passionate about special needs education.
Supporting parents and teachers through this process is paramount given the amount of daily challenges for families. Whether you are a teacher or parent, navigating the process of Independent Learning Programs (IEPs, ILPs, PLPs, PEPs) can be daunting without the right tools... so let me help.
I would love to support you and help you feel confident when you are part of IEP planning, assessment, meetings, strategies and more.
The Kit comes complete with a 15 minute training video that you can watch anytime you want. The kit will contain everything you need to plan for your child's or student's IEP-ILP-PLP.
15 minute training video showing you how to set up your IEP folder as a parent or as a teacher.
As a primary and secondary education teacher, you are supported with documentation in the Australian Curriculum which can be accessed here: AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM - student diversity
Individuals who have special needs, which I also refer to "super powers" require a special teacher willing to educated about how they learn and create that space inside the classroom so they can spread their wings. Everyone they touch can learn something amazing from them and they truly are remarkable individuals. What I have learnt is that there are hidden treasures inside their souls, pure gifts, there to be unlocked by only a few special people.... parents are #1 and educators have the opportunity to be #2... it is truly life changing... and my heart is bigger and better for teaching such warm students!
Facebook has fast become a great way to reach out and connect with support groups and communities of all kinds. There can be cyber bullying but group admins are getting better at deleting members & protecting the groups ethically. I have found much support at times when I've needed from people I did not know but who had the same experience. This is great comfort in knowing and finding other people in your position and possibly walking a few steps in front of you... on a similar journey.
Inside Facebook simply use the search bar up the top and you will see the groups that pop up... test a few until you find the group for you! There are so many so join a few and spend some time in there to find the fit.
There are also pages you can follow for inspiration or a laugh, parental hints & tips as well as educational.
LOCAL SUPPORT NETWORKS
There are hundreds of local support groups, communities, events, networks set up for individuals who have special needs. The Government runs a disability service however I would ask your GP, school counsellor and then google, to find local support groups in your area. I have heard over and over, the impact these support communities have on families and to connect with people who are walking a similar walk as you, is both relieving and reassuring you are not alone in this journey. I have met some truly amazing people in my life and it is always a parent of a child with a special need or health challenge. They always have the biggest smile and heart which hides the daily battles which most people would not experience in a lifetime, let alone all in a day.
EVERYBODY NEEDS A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM AROUND THEM. AS SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTS YOU ARE ON A JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY THAT NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND OTHER THAN OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTS.
THERE ARE GOING TO BE TIMES WHEN THIS JOURNEY FEELS LONELY OR TOO HARD... PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER AND THE SUPPORT SYSTEM AVAILABLE TO YOU AT SCHOOL...
YOU ARE NEVER ALONE....
If you are not using this tool for educating yourself, becoming more aware and learning about other peoples stories... then please try it! To have access to so much information and it is world wide.. we no longer are at such a disadvantage of locating new & different information that we are seeking.
The school has learning support and counsellors to help you and support you. The classroom teacher will be using these individual and so too should parents. The MOST important aspect of an IEP is partnership and working collaboratively. Make sure you reach out when you feel the need... both teacher + parent want the best for your child.
PAEDIATRICIAN & HEALTH SUPPORT TEAM
I highly recommend as a parent myself, to have a medical and health support team whom you have great rapport, feel comfortable with and trust. Do not stop looking until you have found 'your team' because these people will be able to guide you and support you on this journey of special needs.