Stop Stressing & Guessing!

Before your appointment, please be sure to make a list of your top three areas of concern regarding your child's IEP and / or education.
Please have a current copy of your child's IEP and all documented conversations concerning your child in your IEP binder ready. We need to be able to get to that information quickly. Remember, if it is not documented, it was never said! Always follow up with documentation.
We like coffee over here, so be sure to grab a cup. This consultation is how we get to know you. YOU have done nothing wrong. You will be speaking to a parent that was in your same shoes.

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The Dos and Don'ts When Advocating for Your Child

Most special education "fires" are created when people are not open to hearing concerns and lack of respect. Do NOT approach anyone within your district with disrespect, flippant comments, intimidation, threats or rude gestures with your face or other body parts. You want your relationship with your child's school to be productive.

Think of it this way ... if someone comes to you with a "if you don't do this, then I'm going to do this ..." Are you going to do what they ask? Probably not. You get more flies with honey than with a pile of poop.
Knowledge is power. Let's say that together ... "KNOWLEDGE IS POWER." When you include us as part of your IEP team, you will learn the more you know about your child's education, special education laws and resources within your district, YOU can make big changes. These positive changes not only effect your child, they domino down to others. That, my tribe, is what advocacy is all about.
Pete Wright from WrightsLaw (one of the largest special education attorneys in the nation) once told me "If it isn't documented, it was never said". If a faculty member says something (positive or negative) about your child, make sure you document it in your IEP binder. Make notes of dates and times. If it is something needed or concerning, document it via email as well. CC it to your IEP team. An example from a teacher would be "I think Johnny needs more desk sensory supports so that he can stay in the classroom longer." Document it in an email and ask for your IEP team's input. This will put things in motion to solve the problem quickly.