Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education.
Summer school for parents; take care of yourself & your family; write
a thank-you note; develop your master plan; Wrightslaw: From Emotions
to Advocacy; Scratch n' Dent Sale; learn to negotiate; learn about child's
disability and effective education; Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Sacramento;
help from Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
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1. Summer School for Parents
What can you do this summer to prepare for next year? First, spend time with your family to recharge your batteries. Spend time without your family to recharge your batteries. Then spend time building your skills and knowledge.
As life slows down, use your time to plan for next year. Summer School for Parents includes recommended activities that will help you prepare for next year. (Note: Summer School for Parents will continue in the next issue of The Special Ed Advocate)
2. Take Care of Yourself & Your Family
Raising a child with special educational needs can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, special education can consume your life. Many parents drive themselves until they are exhausted and burned out.
Pace yourself. Listen to tapes about time management. Use a schedule to gain control of your life. Spend time with friends or family to recharge your batteries and regain a healthy perspective.
Read more Tips for Taking Care of Yourself. (Thanks to writer and editor Lynn Trimble of Phoenix)
3. Write a Thank-You Note
Write a "thank-you"
note to a teacher or educational provider who helped your child. As advocate
and educational consultant Meredith Warshaw says,
4. Plan & Prepare: Develop Your Master Plan
special education is a long-term project. You need a master plan. As a
parent, your role is similar to a project manager - you organize, plan,
monitor progress, anticipate problems, and keep the team focused.
5. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Pete and Pam Wright teach you how to plan, prepare, organize -- and get quality special education services.
In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you learn about:
* Your child's disability and educational needs
* Creating a simple method for organizing your child's file
* Devising a master plan for your child's special education
* Roles of experts: consultants and evaluators
* Writing SMART IEP goals and objectives
* Using test scores to monitor your child's progress
* Understanding parent-school conflict - why it is inevitable and how to resolve it
* Creating paper trails; writing effective letters
* Using worksheets, agendas and thank-you letters
* Strategies to improve meeting outcomes
* Negotiating for special education services
This practical user-friendly book includes hundreds of strategies, tips, references, warnings, and Internet resources. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy includes dozens of worksheets, forms, and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs.
"A superb reference, From Emotions To Advocacy is very highly recommended reading for all parents of children in need of adapted or special education services ... " Midwest Book Review
"If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it!" - Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
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6. Learn to Negotiate
If you are
like most parents, you did not realize that you negotiate with the school
for special education services and supports. When you understand that
you are negotiating, the process begins to make sense.
7. Learn About Your Child's Disability and Effective Educational Practices
you can negotiate for a good special education program, you need to be
knowledgeable about your child's disability, educational needs, and effective
8. Join Pete & Pam Wright in Sacramento for a Wrightslaw Boot Camp (July 17-18, 2004)
Wrightslaw Boot Camp, you learn how to find answers to your questions
in special education laws and regulations; how to use tests and measurements
to measure educational progress and graph test scores; how to write
SMART IEP goals and objectives; and how to use tactics and strategies
to get quality special education services.
9. Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
If you are looking for help - or a helper
- visit the Yellow Pages
for Kids with Disabilities. Your state Yellow
Pages has many resources - evaluators, speech language therapists,
tutors, special ed schools, advocates, attorneys, organizations, and
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