6 Ways to Advocate for Your Child - transcript of infographic below

Infographic: Advocating for Your Child

Tip #26: Parents: You have a voice and a critical decision-making role throughout the whole special education process. You know your child best–be sure to ask questions and never stop advocating for your child in a professional, productive way.

Scheduling for Special Needs

A student’s success could come down to something as simple as his or her class schedule. This video describes how to put students with special needs first when creating class schedules to create a productive and successful day for all students.

Support Groups for Families

After reviewing your Prior Written Notice or other documents, call the Parents’ Place of Maryland or your Local Family Support Coordinator with any questions. Ask about language you don’t understand and discuss different options. They can help prepare you for upcoming meetings.

Two parents sit together in a kitchen reviewing paperwork, like an evaluation report

Steps to Take After Receiving Your Child’s Evaluation Report

Review any recommendations made in the evaluation reports. This information can give you an idea of the goals and objectives to address and to spark questions. Feel free to ask questions about why a recommendation may not be incorporated into a goal or objective

A paraeducators works one-on-one instruction with a child sitting at a bright yellow table

How Paraeducators Help Students and Teachers

A paraeducator’s role in the classroom typically involves providing extra support during a teacher’s instruction to allow students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in general education lessons.

Screenshot of a downloadable handout defining IFSP and IEP terminology

Defining IEP Terminology: A Handout for Families

One way a child’s teacher can help families feel more at ease and make the first IEP meeting as successful as possible is to provide families with a handout that defines IEP terminology and acronyms.