About Kim Saavedra, IEP Coach
Like many families across the nations, our family is on the Autism Journey. Our personal experiences through Therapies, Education, Special Diet, Bio-Medical, and Resources, thus far are leading our family on the path to recovery.
Recovery can have different meanings to different families. My perspective of recovery is not limited to Autism. My perspective applies to all families which is for all our children to have Positive Self Image, Confidence, Awareness of Their Value and Awareness of Their Purpose in Life and Apply Their Talents and Gifts in a positive manner and enlighten the world we all share.
“I wish I knew then, what I know now” is what I sometimes think to myself when I reflect on the earliest years of my boys IEPs. When I wasn’t quite sure what was going on but the IEP meetings went well and I just “went with the flow”. Fortunately though, I have always been able to communicate my concerns and collaborate with both my sons' IEP teams - even when there were tensions and situations were "very sticky". My personal style of communication and collaboration led me to be very well respected with my school district and I have been a parent speaker for their special needs symposium at Harper College.
I am a member of TACA (The Autism Community in Action) and through one of their guest speakers, I met my mentor Catherine Whitchter, M.Ed. I completed her Master IEP Coach® Mentorship and I am an active member of the Master IEP Coach® Network. I became an IEP Coach to help families have successful collaborations with their school districts and teams and have success stories for their children and families.
My calling has always been to help other parents on their special needs journeys. It is through my personal experiences in raising my boys and being an advocate for them in the education system as well as their voice when they didn’t have a voice for themselves that has awakened a natural fire in me to help other families on their journeys.