Advocating: What you need to know to become a better Advocate
Today, I am talking with you about
Advocating: What you need to know to become a better advocate
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As I like to say,…
“Becoming a good advocate starts with the ABC’s… and I remember it that way, too!!”
Actions that will Benefit my Child!
I remember the first time I heard the word advocate used… at my daughter’s elementary school during a meeting. I didn’t really understand what they were talking about, and I certainly didn’t know it was a new designation I was going to add to my current title: Kailee’s Mom.
P.S. No one gave me this title… like they do when they crown a pageant winner. There was no formal CROWNING ceremony for this title. Through the years…I eventually gave it to myself after I learned what it meant and it wasn’t just “someone you hired to help you.”
I don’t’ think anyone starts out being a good advocate, UNLESS, maybe, they were a lawyer before they had kids.
As parents of children with special needs, we learn to become advocates. We have to face the many challenges of getting our child’s health and education needs met, after all.
However, that doesn’t mean we become good ones… and as we’re learning (these new roles) our children often suffer, and may fail to get the help they need to achieve their dreams and lead fulfilling lives.
Parents and guardians must develop the advocacy skills they need to become an effective advocate for their children.
As a resource, we want to help parents going through the process, and hopefully, speed up the learning curve. Let’s face it: until you’re on this road, it’s hard to understand the road.
We believe parents get better and better each year and by the time they’re really EXPERTS their kids are almost ready to exit the school system. We want to improve that by providing important information that WE HAVE already learned.
In this podcast we’re going to start the conversation talking about:
1. Why should you learn how to be a better advocate?
2. What makes a good advocate?
3. What’s at STAKE if you don’t develop this skill?
4. Starting with two skills to be more effective
Related: The Politics of Special Education
Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
- Know how the system works
- Learn about the unwritten rules
- Teachers often face many hardships
- Where funding comes from and how it may be used
- Advice and ways to work with your child’s teacher
Check out these podcast highlights:
- Stepping on Toes [03:51]
- Understanding the Unwritten Rules [04:29]
- Why this is IMPORTANT [04:54]
- Walking Dollar Signs [6:21]
- The Principal’s Role [9:09]
- Appropriate steps to take if your concerned [10:08]
- Your child’s Teacher’s position and role [11:16]
- IMPORTANT FACT [16:12]
- Know this about IEE and IEP Rights [17:54]
Related: A Review…What is Special Education
Other articles related to this episode:
- Know your Rights in the IEP Process:
What Do those Procedural Safeguards Really Mean?
- Basic Blueprint for Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs
- Whether it’s you First time or You’re a Pro: 10 things to Cover at an IEP Meeting
- The Importance of Parents and Professionals Partnering
- Pros & Cons The School Based vs. Independent Psychological Evaluation
- Pacer Center
- US Department of Education
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
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