Want to learn how to NOT shoot yourself in the foot by being the “know-it-all” parent at IEP meetings?
This may sound like a silly game. But you can learn how to hit a home run in this game and build a healthy working relationship with the school.
A Perception Problem
We believe that parents are natural advocates for their children. You have your child’s best interests at heart. You were your child’s first teacher. And yes, you are the expert on your child.
But, if you take over the role of “expert” at meetings, you leave no role for the educators.
Think about how you are perceived by school people. The yappy parent? The know-it-all?
If school people feel threatened or disrespected by you, they will look for a way to shoot you down.
If an educator came into your home and told you how to decorate the rooms and what color to paint the walls, would YOU be happy?
A Winning Strategy – Asking the Right Questions
One strategy for winning this game is to ask questions. Better yet – learn what questions NOT to ask.
Say thank you – a good way to create school advocates for your child. Does it really matter who comes up with the solution as long as your child’s needs are met.
Learn how to use the strategy of asking the right questions to identify solutions to problems. Learn how to ask questions, get services. Read more…