Effective Advocacy: Four Mistakes Parents Make


by Wrightslaw

Effective parent advocates avoid these four mistakes.

1. Failing to make a long term plan for their child’s education or the future

Some parents don’t think about the future until it’s here. They don’t have long-range goals for their child when he leaves public school.  They don’t have a plan.

Your child’s special education is a long-term project.

A plan will help you stay focused, anticipate problems, and prepare for the future.

Your plan should include…

academic and behavioral, social, and emotional goals that include hobbies, personal interests, sports and fitness, family, friendships, and the community.

Your plan should be revisited and revised as your child grows.

2. Not understanding their child’s disability and allowing the school to make decisions about their child’s special education

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