It is not uncommon for parents and families to resort to advocacy before hiring legal counsel. As an advocate, our priority is to repair the communication breakdown specific to the child's individualized education plan (IEP), 504 Plan or Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). We take the time to meet and observe the child before advocating for them to ensure we have the resources each child needs to be most successful.
In general, advocates have a reputation for demanding curriculum when all that needs to be changed is a simple modification in the approach. However, there are many times when asking for the curriculum doesn't solve the issues because they feel like there is no other solution or that this solution is one-size fits all irrelevant of the individual child's needs. This approach is due to a lack of understanding the child and/or their disability.
I work with Special Education Directors and have gone into the classroom and have had the opportunity to provide holistic solutions for the child's, teacher's, and school's success. By building a collaborative, comprehensive solution we ensure all stakeholders can achieve their goals.
As a special education teacher, I'm a unique advocate because I advocate for the child and not the family. I have had occasion to provide coaching to families on how to best manage their child and their disability/needs. When everyone is working together, we achieve incredible results toward a child's educational success, social/emotional well being, and increased independence.
Educational success is critical, but so is ensuring a child can make healthy connections with their peers. We have many options available to help the "whole" child.
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