Advocating for Children with Special Needs
Beyond Special Education is available to help parents to become the best advocates for their children with special needs. Parents are their child’s number advocate. This is an important advantage when educational decisions need to be made.
The goal of Beyond Special Education advocacy services is to provide support and information so that parents can clearly articulate their children’s needs and feel comfortable when requesting services from their children’s schools. Beyond Special Education helps parent’s resolve problems and maintain their relationship with the school.
Helping Parents to Participate in the Process
To help parents to participate in the process, I proactively coach parents in order to empower them to speak for themselves and their children. The result is a parent who participates as a positive member of the educational team.
Advocacy and IEP Development
When a child qualifies for special education services, the IEP team must create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The team typically includes the parents, therapists, school administrators, teachers and special education teachers. Consultants or doctors may also be included and Beyond Special Education participation provides valuable input and support.
Case Management and Collaboration
To promote advocacy, I often serve the role as a case manager, by coordinating information and recommendations from doctors, therapists and teachers. It is very important to keep an open communication between all service providers.
Yes…You Can Be an Advocate
We all want what’s best for our children. However, when raising a child with a disability, fear, uncertainty, advocating for your child may seem overwhelming. To be an effective advocate you will need to learn the special education process and be able to articulate your child’s strengths and challenges. I have helped several parents become an effective advocate for their child.
Can I help you to become the best advocate for your child with special needs? Please contact me today.