One of our favorite Texas advocates comes through again with a “Top 10” for the 2011 semester.
As the end of the semester rolls around, there are certain signs, one may observe, that may be indications of special ed advocate burnout.
Ten Possible Signs of End of the Semester Special Ed Advocate Burnout
1. The advocate is heard mumbling at an IEP meeting , ” No, really, I am protected by the Endangered Species Act. ”
2. The advocate, after reading the latest OSEP policy guidance letter , learns Budweiser is not an In Home Training related service.
3. When you call the advocate’s cell phone, you get a message the advocate is still at the San Antonio COPAA conference.
4. You find out that your advocate is really still at the San Antonio COPAA conference.
5. You read the advocate’s blog that it really does not matter how you spell IEP as long as you…
5. You read the advocate’s blog that it really does not matter how you spell IEP as long as you get 2 out of the 3 letters , 75% of the time, in 6 out of 10 trials, with only verbal prompts.
6. The advocate is looking forward to Prior Written Notice as why the proposed AT devices of motorized ice cream holder, yodel meter and inflatable BIP data collector were turned down by the IEP team.
7. The advocate is using the Mayan calendar to interpret data from the FBA.
8. The advocate uses the special ed director’s astrological sign as part of the FIE.
9. The advocate begins to mingle Wrightslaw books with Mao, “Special Education Law, My Little Red Book”.
10. The advocate is offered ESY by the district to avoid further regression.