Learn to Self-Advocate

Let us help you learn how to self-advocate for your child. We help you ask the right questions and guide you on how to advocate so that your child receives the right services they are entitled to.

As a parent, you are your child’s best advocate. You know your child’s strengths and challenges, and you can help identify and push for the resources your child needs to succeed. When families advocate for their children, they learn to present information and make requests in a focused way to ensure that something important gets done.

This is a step-by-step guide for self-advocating. I provide you with the tools necessary to achieve success advocating for your child(children).

  • Be informed
  • Guide through identification process
  • Keep organized paperwork
  • Ask the right questions
  • Learn how to be part of the team
  • Learn how to review current and proposed IEP/504
  • Know your your rights and the rights of your child
  • Learn the lingo
  • Learn how to communicate regularly

The following is included in the packet to assist you to become an advocate with my help:

  • You are given a release form that you will give to the school so that I can review 2 to 3 years of records
  • An analysis is competed on the findings
  • A question form to complete so that I can understand the parent’s perspective
  • A step by step guide on how to advocate
  • Resources
  • Know what kind of tests to ask for
  • A written report, by Faith Hamilton, which includes an evaluation
  • An organizational book
  • A list of special education & disability acronyms / abbreviations
  • Email services included for 3 months

Contact HELP to learn how to become your own child’s advocate and set their future up for success.

Learn how to:

  • Communicate with teachers, special services directors, therapists, and everyone else on your child’s individualized education program (IEP) team
  • Organize paperwork that could assist you in advocating for your child
  • Be prepared for PPTs and other planning meetings
  • Track your child’s progress to ensure that there is progress happening
  • Involve your child in decisions (when age-appropriate)
  • …And the list goes on.