Back to School: Strategies & Tips for a
Successful School Year

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September 19, 2007

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 404
Subscribers: 53,445

In This Issue

Protecting Parent-School Relationships

Do's and Don'ts of Parent Advocacy

9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude

Give Your Child's Teachers a "Heads Up"

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Copyright 2007, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved. Please do NOT reprint or host on your website without explicit permission.

Today the temperature is 69 degrees under a clear blue sky. Fall is in the air. Yellow buses fill the roads and the kids are back in school.

What can you do to help your child get off to a good start this year?

Start now! In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find strategies to resolve problems early, techniques to create positive parent-school relationships, and tips to help your child have a good year.

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Protecting Parent-School Relationships

As a parent, your goal is to make the school want to help your child and your family. Don't allow your emotions to control you. You need to protect your relationships with school personnel.

In How to Solve Problems and Protect Parent-School Relationships, you will learn to

  • Avoid power struggles with the school
  • handle disagreements
  • restructure your relationship with school personnel

Marriage Without the Possibility of Divorce

Pam says you should view your relationship with the school as "a marriage without the possibility of divorce." Unless you are prepared to remove your child from the public school system forever, you need to use your emotions as a source of energy and focus on solving problems.

You won't want to miss the tactics and strategies in How to Solve Problems and Protect Parent-School Relationships.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Parent Advocacy

Be positive! But don't be naive! Are you getting the picture?
The skilled parent advocate knows negotiation and persuasion techniques. But you must also develop positive working relationships with school personnel to be an effective advocate.

In Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do...And Not Do, attorney Leslie Margolis explains how you can insure that the issues you bring up will be taken seriously.

Read Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do...And Not Do and learn how you can put yourself in a stronger position and obtain better educational services for your child.

9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives

"Feed their mind, body and soul each and every morning!"

You have a big impact on how your children handle events at school.
Learn what you can do before your children walk out the door to help them feel they can conquer anything.

In 9 Way to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives, Jackie D. Igafo-Teo shares no-nonsense tips that will help to eliminate last-minute stress before you send your child on his way.

Jackie knows the struggles parents face. She has experience with these struggles and co-founded of Bridges4Kids in 2002.

Learn more about Jackie and her work for children with disabilities in this article.

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Give Your Child's Teachers a "Heads Up"

Your child's teachers are responsible for educating many children. Help the teachers by giving them a "heads up" about your child.

In 10 Tips for a Successful School Year, parent advocate Pat Howey offers advice to help you and your child get off to a good start in this new school year.

Tip #5. Make a list of the five most important things the teacher needs to know about your child. Explain why these things are vital to your child's success. Provide a copy of the list to each of your child's teachers.

Tip: Make copies of your child's IEP. Hand deliver the IEPs to each of your child's teachers. This also gives you a chance to meet, greet and make a good impression.

Pat Howey has been helping parents get services for their children with special educational needs for more than 20 years. Pat's bio. Read more articles by Pat in Ask the Advocate.

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