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.

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6 Ways to Effectively Advocate for your Child

1. Be Informed of your child’s growth, needs, rights, and potential solutions.
2. Stay Organized and document everything in your IEP binder.
3. Ask Questions and regularly communicate with your child’s teachers about his or her progress.
4. Maintain Positive Relationships with your IEP team and avoid an “us versus them” mindset.
5. Pay Attention to your child’s behavior in and out of school, and understand what he or she may be telling you through this behavior.

6. Set Realistic Expectations for both your child and the school. Don’t expect perfection, but understand that the primary goal of accommodations is to level the playing field to provide your child with the same chance of success as his or her non-disabled peers.