Want to be the # 1 Expert at your child’s next IEP Meeting? Focus Haven Youth Development

Does your child have a Individualized Education Plan? Do you attend structured meetings for your child, that outline new objectives and evaluate existing ones?

These meeting can be a little intimidating! You are seated around a table with licensed professionals and school administrators. Everything is so structured as each one talks about their experiences with your child. Some things you know and some things catch you completely off-guard.

If you are like me, you might feel inferior to some of these extensive reports and second guess what you know to be true. Let’s face it; we share our children with educators. We are sometimes surprised by what our children will do for them.

What’s Your Plan

We really need to take a proactive approach regarding these meetings and thoroughly understand what is being outlined for our child’s success. Get in there and be respected as a team player!

In perspective; you are planning your child’s future. This individualized educational plan is put in place to help them ahead, where they’ve already lost time. Don’t delay that by taking a nonchalant attitude about the process.

Getting It Right!

The next time you show up to one of these meetings; be the expert on your child!

I’m going to share one simple method that clued me in on my child’s learning capabilities and styles.

Create a physical folder entitled “Insert Your Child’s Name” Schoolwork. Place it in a area that is accessible to you and your child. Each day; have your child (but this is ultimately your responsibility) put schoolwork in this folder. Repeat this method daily for a month. Plan this method around approaching IEP Meetings, so you can have the most up to date information.

That’s it! The one simple method! Collect supporting DATA like the real pros do! Don’t be afraid to pull out an attachment or two, to wow your audience. Organize by date and or subject. Even pull out assignments your child didn’t complete and seat down with them for another go at it.

The Take A Way

Three key areas of understanding this will impact for you;

  1. On a daily basis; you will be viewing and sometimes analyzing the subjects/assignments that your child is struggling with. You might even catch a resourceful school event planned specifically for that problem area.
  2.  You will not overreact when your child, who probably isn’t that great at expressing their weaknesses, comes home with a off-putting progress report or report card. Or worse; someone at your IEP meeting reports that your child is performing at a alarming low percentage and this is the first you’ve heard of it.
  3.  You will become more in-tune with your child’s abilities, unknowingly studying their habits and becoming the best advocate for your child, no matter who you meet with!

I want to remind you that; you are in control. Give yourself time to feel emotional about the things you can not change; so you won’t feel slighted when you learn about areas your child has slow progression in. Get motivated about becoming another source of education for your child.

On the day of the meeting put on a brave confident face and be proud of your child and the journey of objectives your child has already surpassed. Insert your brilliant hypothesis and be a part of the solution.

Actually set aside time to familiarize yourself with all your child’s rights. There’s lots of paperwork for you to review and sign. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much is relying on your input.

Focus Haven is where you will find a home for your focus.






Six Key Areas

According to Muchinsky’s book,  “Psychology Applied to Work: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology,” most industrial-organizational psychologists work in one of six major subject areas:

  • Training and development: Professional in this area often determine what type of skills are necessary to perform specific jobs as well as develop and evaluate employee training programs.
  • Employee selection: This area involves developing employee selection assessments, such as screening tests to determine if job applicants are qualified for a particular position.
  • Ergonomics: The field of ergonomics involves designing procedures and equipment designed to maximize performance and minimize injury.
  • Performance management: I-O psychologists who work in this area develop assessments and techniques to determine if employees are doing their jobs well.
  • Work life: This area focuses on improving employee satisfaction and maximizing the productivity of the workforce. I-O psychologists in this area might work to find ways to make jobs more rewarding or design programs that improve the quality of life in the workplace.
  • Organizational development: I-O psychologists who work in this area help improve organizations, often through increasing profits, redesigning products, and improving the organizational structure.

Cherry, K. (2017, November 01). What Is Industrial-Organizational Psychology? Retrieved April 17, 2018, from https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-industrial-organizational-psychology-2795302

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Our belief is that a "safe place" emerges through functionality, organization and knowledge. Your place of refuge is only as functional as your level of focus while in that space. The success you achieve is directly connected to your surroundings and whether or not it supports the quality of life you desire.

Our aim is to build up your haven in a way that makes way for your gifts. We concentrate on lasting social change through humane codes of ethic and collaboration.

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Did you know that there are actually different types of living styles.

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Functional Living: Everything is set up ready to go, plug in or turn on. You probably prefer your treadmill in your bedroom.

Uncomplicated Living: You like to keep things simple. You enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and you are surrounded by comfort. Ikea and space is all you really need.

Beautiful Living: You entertain A LOT! Fresh flowers, Fine China and designer interior work. You’d prefer that we take our shoes off.

Detailed Living: You collect everything from coins to furs. You have working systems for every living space and everything is organized to a fault. You probably DON’T have a junk drawer.

If you are still on the fence about what type of living style you prefer or live well within, let us help. We’re trained at analyzing spaces and determining your particular style. We do this by getting to know you and finding out what is most important to your everyday life.



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I'm very excited to have your support, as well as give you mine. I've had LOTS of experience with organizing projects and individuals. I'm the type of person whose "state of mind" is directly impacted by the space around me, so I always find myself looking for ways to improve functionality.

Blog to Declogg is very much a psychology dump site for me. A public journal of every struggle, every bright idea, and every helpful habit I can share.

I really don't mind if my clients snoop around in here. In fact, I welcome it! I'll be as transparent as possible and share whatever I can to help others.

Some post will be short stories, poems and some will be helpful hints. All geared towards helping others express themselves in their own spaces and "works in progress".

All experiences have shaped me into the resourceful being I am today and for that; I'm truly thankful!