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Top 10 Signs of Special Ed Advocate Burn Out

04/22/10
by Wrightslaw

Check out these top 10 signs you might be suffering from “special ed advocate burn out” – submitted by one of our favorite Texas advocates.

10. You think of the peaceful park you like as a great place to have an IEP meeting.

9. You realize at the IEP meeting, the  psychotic special ed director, who is picking invisible flowers out of mid air, is probably having more fun in life than you are.

8. A grateful client, who thinks you walk on water, brings you a small gift. You end up having to debrief with a fellow advocate if this is based on scientific, peer reviewed research.

7. You are watching a re-run of the “Wizard of Oz.” You start to categorize the types of delusions that Dorothy is having and begin to do an FBA.

6. A fellow advocate comes to you with severe relationship troubles, and you start trying to remember which cognitive behavioral technique has the most empirical validity for treating this problem.

5. You realize you actually have no friends, they have all become just one big IEP caseload.

4. A fellow advocate  asks how you are doing and you reply that you are a bit “internally preoccupied,”  receiving more than a minimal educational benefit, have preferential seating, and are not able to interact with peers today.

3. A fellow advocate asks you to have lunch  and you tell them that it is not measurable and would be “counter therapeutic to your current goals” to do that.

2. You tell a special ed director at an IEP meeting, consensus has not been reached  because the coffee was decaf.

And, the #1 reason you may be burning out….(drum roll)

1. You are packing for a trip to a large family reunion and you take your  Wrightslaw books with you “just in case!”

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11 Comments on "Top 10 Signs of Special Ed Advocate Burn Out"


Gail
01/25/2015

I am so grateful for the humor as it helps lighten the load! I believe an advocate is burned out when they start agreeing with the schools!, and look at you as though you are the crazy one! When you bring your Special Education Law book(with Sharpie Highlighted pages),carried in your Wright Tote bag, you are in trouble. When your advocate goes to the dark side you must be prepared to present your child’s side according to FAPE :>)

Morning
12/23/2011

I love this..also food to note for parents is that there is a time,for some parents, to let go of their advocates. The greatest gift an advocate can give to a parent is to know when to step out of the picture. Encourage the parent to participate in trainings, etc.to learn about special Ed. My advocate worked herself out of her job as I became more Knowlegeqble and could not afford the cost. Yet, from day one– I emulated my advocate and we t front e student to the expert. For some, not all advocates, there is a time to phase out.

david
12/20/2011

It is sad, but true. I don’t go anywhere without my wrightslaw books, not even on vacation.

Jennifer
12/27/2010

I love this. I laughed and and agreed at the same time. We have so many things not to laugh about. It’s wonderful finding humor where you can. I will share this at our next set of workshops.

leslie
12/23/2010

Quite the giggle when I realized that my Wrightslaw book is coming with me on our overnight trip for Christmas.
Wrightslaw THANK YOU!!