- Start with the assumption that you are an equal partner in your child's education.
- Deal with your perceptions or feelings about yourself as a parent of a child with ADHD/LD.
- Acquire knowledge. You don't have to memorize everything, just be aware and ask questions. Learn about the IDEA 2004, how the system works, and know the people involved in your sons' educational decisions.
- Improve your skills.......communication, documentation, letter writing, and record keeping.
- Participate. This is the most important thing you can do for your child. Participate in the development of your child's IEP. Share your ideas, ask questions, and attend all meetings. Also, participate in teacher conferences, parent group meetings (PTA), and school functions.
Always remember that you are an equal partner and do not be intimidated. Your child's school will more than likely welcome your advocacy and fully understand your doing so.
(Adapted from Pro-Parents newsletter, Spring/Summer 2007)