The Columbo Strategy and How to Use It!

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 17, 2018

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Do you sometimes feel trapped against the wall with your child's school?

Does the school see you as a negative, angry, whining complainer?

Change your tone and your style!

Parental demeanor needs to be a blend of polite Miss Manners and Peter Columbo, who pretends ... I’m confused. Can you help me understand why you can’t do X,Y, Z to help my child?

When you are a focused, polite problem solver, school staff begin to view you differently.

You are now Miss Manners with a touch of Mother Theresa.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll learn more about the Wrightslaw model of advocacy and how to use the Columbo Strategy to lead to improved relationships with the school.

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How I Got ESY Services After the School Said "No"!

Has the IEP team already taken the position that your child does not need ESY services?

Here's a success story about how one parent used the Columbo Strategy to give the team a way to change their position.


Cry for Help, or Reality Check?

In our training programs, we emphasize the importance of keeping your emotions under control and treating others politely, regardless how nasty someone may be acting.

You must always play the role of Miss Manners merged with Peter Columbo.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy


Dynamics of Dealing with Difficult People

IEP team members tend to play different roles- the pitbull and bully, the know it all, the conflict-avoider, wet blankets, snipers, etc.

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Miss Manners or Bob Bombastic?

Documentation Goal: Write diplomatic "Miss Manners" letters that list your concerns in a pleasant and businesslike tone, without blaming or name-calling.

The tone of your letter should put you in good shape and not alienate any neutral decision-maker - mediator, hearing officer, or judge. 

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