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August 24, 2010

August and September can be two of the most trying months of the year.  Families everywhere are planning for the return to school - trying to get back on track in old routines or create new ones.

For parents of children with special educational needs, back to school means the start of a new IEP advocacy year.To be an effective parent advocate, you must know the steps to take to ensure that your child receives an appropriate education.

In our Back to School Series, you'll find information and advice, advocate's tips, and legal resources to help you start the year off right.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you'll find advice about how to make the transition back to school as easy as possible, and tips to help you get off to a good start.

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10 Tips for a Successful School Year

Help! School is starting. I want to make sure I have done my homework so this year is better than last year.

Parents and kids are anxious about return to school. Here are 10 Tips, from Advocate Pat Howey, to help you get off to a good start at the beginning of the new school year.


Parents & Kids: Rise and Shine

What can you do before your children walk out the door to help them feel they can conquer anything? Making a few simple changes before the bus arrives can have a big impact on how your children handle events at school.

No-nonsense pointers from Jackie Igafo-T'eo help you remove a large portion of the last-minute stress that comes with every weekday morning....9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives.


Back to School Tips & Supplies - for Parents

Have you made contact with school staff, including the school nurse? Do you have a baseline picture of your child for the beginning of the school year? Are you prepared to monitor progress? Are you aware of the newest federal regulations about parental consent?

Don't miss these Back to School Tips by Lisa Krizman, Esq.

Will Your Child Need Extra Help This Year?

Registering a child for school usually means showing up with a birth certificate, proof of residence and basic medical records. Five minutes, and you're done. But for kids who need special education ...that process is much more complicated.

Read the Washington Post article, How to Get the Extra Help Your Child Needs, with suggestions from Pete and Pam Wright and other experts in special education.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy

Spanish Translation: From Emotions to Advocacy

In the process of seeking an Hispanic translator for Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (FETA) we have received translations of Chapter 9 from 14 individuals.

We are looking for reviewers to compare the translations and select the best translation to use for our parents. We would appreciate your helping us decide. Instructions for reviewers can be found here:

If you would like to be a reviewer, please read the instructions, and send your comments by Noon, EDT, Thursday, September 8.


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