Do you need an advocate?
Have you ever considered this question?
More and more parents are seeking special education advocates to help guide them through the special education process. Because this process can be hard and intimidating, parents are seeking support from experienced professionals.
Is an advocate necessary?
My answer to this question is two-fold. First, it is important to realize that you as a parent are your child’s first advocate. Who knows your child better than you? NO ONE! That is why it important to stay involved, ask questions, and seek help on any topics that you do not understand. However (and this is the second part), everyone’s personality is different. Some parents may need encouragement during difficult times, support during IEP meetings, or help with the education of different special laws and terminology.
What services do they provide?
If you a thinking about seeking an advocate, here are some services that they can and may provide:
- help developing an effective IEP
- attendance during school meetings
- writing letters to school personnel involving issues pertaining to your child
- help with locating professionals in the community such as therapists, trainers, attorneys, and psychologists
- recommending resources for therapy, schools, and centers
- locating summer activities
- helping parents understand special education law
- working with the school to develop positive behavior plans
These are just some of the services that an advocate can provide. If you need help in any of these areas or would like to speak with someone about any challenges that you are having with your child’s school system, an advocate may be right for you! If you are ready to find an advocate, here are some questions to ask first! And remember, you are your child’s number one advocate!!! Read here to learn how in these easy steps!