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ERIC Number: EJ866327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Choose Your Advocates Wisely: Getting the Best for Your Child
Krumins, Jennifer
Exceptional Parent, v39 n9 p26-28 Sep 2009
Navigating the parenting role is tricky at the best of times but, finding one's way with a child that has special needs is even more demanding and difficult. This is a path that may not have been traveled by family and friends. Loneliness, disappointment, frustration, and a sense of failure can make the journey miserable. The challenges can become overwhelming once the child reaches school age. It is at that time that parents enter a whole world of professionals that will have their precious child for six hours out of the day! It is a world that is a culture unto itself with its own language and its own set of rules. Parents may feel like outsiders. They may feel that they need help. They may need someone to act as an interpreter in this new land. There are many people who call themselves advocates, but it is up to parents to make an informed decision as to whether the person is truly qualified to advocate for a student with special needs and whether this person is a "good fit" with them, their child, and their goals. Hiring an advocate does not take away the parent's role in decision-making. Advocates make sense of the documents, technical language and educational jargon. They may explain options or the requirements of special programs, attend meetings and ask clarifying questions but the child's parents make the decision. This article presents a few points for parents to ponder before deciding whom to choose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
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