As an Outreach Parent Liaison and the parent of a child with special needs, I love advocating for children. When it comes to advocating for your own children, the process can be difficult and frustrating. I have spent many years learning and fighting for my child’s right and legal right to attend the classes and receive the therapy he deserves. I understand, as a parent, that sometimes it is very hard to listen and negotiate the best interest of your child when you put so much hope and effort into getting the proper school education. That’s why as a parent advocate I want to help other parents by giving them the education and tools so we can all come up with the correct academic and social structure for the children.
I highly recommend reading Wrights Law “From Emotions to Advocacy”. This is a wonderful book that has great information on advocating for your child. It gives suggestions on dealing with different personalities, Advocacy 101, as well as keeping records for your child. I especially like the chapter on How to Write Good Evidence Letters which gives letter writing tips from requesting your Child’s records to letters requesting an evaluation for Special Education.
I have learned the process of advocating can be difficult for both sides but the need to listen to everyone is very important to coming up with a solution. As parents, advocates and school officials we all want the best for the children and in the end nothing else matters.