178: Promoting Meaningful Parental Participation with Dr. Brandi Tanner


Wondering how you can get parents more involved in their student’s progress? 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Dr. Brandi Tanner to find out how we as SLPs can promote more meaningful participation from our speech students’ parents. 

Dr. Brandi Tanner is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and former special educator with over 15 years of experience in her field. After attending hundreds of IEP, 504, and Student Support Team (SST) meetings and witnessing the stress faced by overwhelmed parents, she founded Your IEP Source as a way to demystify the complexities of the IEP process and empower parent-advocates.

In addition to book smarts and insider knowledge from working in the field, Dr. Brandi understands the role families play as well as she has a family member with a disability.  

With experiences ranging from family member, to special education teacher, to psychologist, to behavioral consultant, to IEP advocate, Dr. Brandi has the knowledge and experience to help parents get appropriate school services and supports in place for their child.


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Dr. Tanner’s role in the IEP process
  • Tips for SLPs running the IEP meetings
  • Challenges parents face with IEPs and how to support them
  • Why SLPs are some of the parents' best allies 
  • How to collaborate with parents as SLPs
  • Ways to solicit parent input
  • How to advocate for your students to the administration
  • Tips for ensuring your IEP meetings run smoothly
  • How to handle reports and data and how to make it understandable to parents
  • Resources to help educate parents on their student's speech needs


I hope you enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Tanner! If you want to learn more about how her workshops and memberships can help the parents of your speech students, make sure to check it out here. You can also follow her on Instagram to stay up to date on everything she has to offer. 

There is still time to join us at our upcoming virtual conference for 10 hours of professional development and tons of fun! Check it out at speechretreat.com



Joke of the Week:

Q: What do you get when you combine an elephant and a fish? 

A: Swimming trunks. 


Resources Mentioned: 

Visit Dr. Tanner’s website

Check out Dr. Tanner’s membership

Get her free IEP resource for parents

Get her free 504 plan vs. IEP guide

Follow Dr. Tanner on Facebook

Follow Dr. Tanner on Instagram


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