Parent as Case Manager
Components of Your Master Plan

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ISSN: 1538-320
December 4, 2018

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Mom and daughter picturePlanning is the key to success. Your child's special education is a long-term project. You need a master plan that you will revisit and revise as your child grows.

A master plan is different from your child’s IEP.

A good master plan includes goals for the child in non-academic areas -- hobbies, interests, sports, health, and well-being! 

As a parent, it is your responsibility to make long-term plans for your child.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find advice and strategies to help you make a long-term plan for your child. Learn how the effective parent advocate focuses and stays on track.

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Components of your Master Plan

Regardless of purpose, master plans include similar elements:

  • Vision Statement
  • Mission Statement
  • Goals
  • Strategies
  • Timeframes

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Become Your Child's Case Manager

As a parent, your role is similar to that of a project manager - you organize, plan, monitor progress, anticipate problems, and keep the team focused. 

Wrightslaw Research Editor Sue Whitney explains why you should NOT just go with the flow!

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Your ACTIVE Parental Role

What should you do? Say? Not do? Parents should understand they have a unique role to play in the IEP process and should...

  • Prepare for meetings
  • Prioritize your child's needs
  • Build good relationships
  • Document issues and concerns

Chapter 3. Parent Participation and Consent in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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Parents as Special Ed Project Managers: Resolving Disputes

I Don't Agree with the IEP Team! What Should I Do?

You have the right to disagree with the school about your child's needs, appropriate services, educational placements, and other issues.

Learn the steps for resolving parent-school disputes.

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