Help Your Teen Develop Self-Advocacy Skills
Maryland Department of Disabilities
Start by making sure your teen has a clear understanding of his disability, his strengths, and his weaknesses.
If your teen is nervous speaking up alone, remind her that everyone gets nervous speaking up, whether they have
a disability or not.
Encourage your teen to role play with you or someone else she is comfortable with. Use real life situations such as talking to a teacher about an assignment.
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Practice questions for teens in
- IEP Meetings
- For service providers
- Post-secondary education