FriendshipCircle.Org offers useful advice to advocate for your child. The first, and most important, point is to remember that you are your child’s best advocate.
Most parents find approaching school teachers and administrators to be nerve-wracking, if not downright intimidating. But parents, because they care so passionately, are always their children’s best advocates. Parents know their children best and are often the first to know that a challenge won’t go away on its own without intervention.
Bring your concerns about your child to the team that plans your child’s special education goals and program. A parent’s perspective is invaluable and something only you can bring to the table. So don’t be intimidated. Fake it if you must. Find a source of strength to be that confident parent at the school meeting table. Under the law, and practically speaking, parents have the most power to influence their child’s school program.
The other tips are:
- Build a Relationship with the School
- Learn Your Rights
- Stay Involved
- Know That You Are Not Alone