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.

About Special Education

Learn about the special education process and your role as a parent in this process.

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.

Service Delivery Models can include a paraeducator assigned to help a student with his or her movement challenges. Here an adult kneels next to a young boy in a wheelchair as they smile at each other

What are Service Delivery Models?

Service delivery models refer to the framework for the delivery of special education services. For example, services may be direct or indirect.

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.

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Requesting an Evaluation for Special Education Services for Your Child

If you wish to request an evaluation for your child, you must send a written request to the child’s principal or local special education administrator. If you need assistance writing a request for evaluation for your child, Maryland Learning Links has drafted a template for your reference.