Back to School Session 1
Mistakes People Make: Parents

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ISSN: 1538-320
September 11, 2018

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Wrightslaw Back to School 2018 is a self-study series of reading and information, written assignments, and maybe even a quiz or two, that will help you prepare for the school year.

When you complete the series, you'll get a certificate for a job well done!

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate is Session 1: Mistakes People Make - Parents.

Frustrating missteps getting you down when negotiating with the school? The stakes are high. Don't shoot yourself in the foot.

You will learn how to protect your relationships with school personnel, how you can insure your concerns will be taken seriously, and how you can put yourself in a stronger position to obtain better educational services for your child.

We hope you will forward this series to other friends, families, or colleagues.


Mistakes Parents Make

Need help steering clear of disagreements with the school team?

It is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for their children.

Learn some common mistakes parents make that undermine their ability to obtain appropriate services.


Parent Should Take Complaints - Not Someone on their Behalf!

It is good to have an expert in your corner during the IEP process. Experts provide valuable assistance.

But sometimes independent experts make mistakes that can turn a positive situation into a negative.

Parents need to be taught and must learn the skills for effective advocacy.


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.


Homework Assignment:

1. Learn how to write a Parent Agenda. Follow the directions to create and submit your Parent Agenda.

2. READ Parent as Project Manager, Chapter 3 - in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

3. Answer the Pop-Up Questions: Resolving Parent-School Disputes.

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