Until children are mature and informed enough to speak up for themselves, parents play a huge role in identifying and pushing for the resources their children need to be successful. As a parent, you know best your child’s strengths and challenges.
Here are some tips on what you can do to help be the best advocate for your child:
- Be clear as to what your goal is for your child. The clearer it is for you, the clearer it will be to others.
- Organization is important! Document everything: your child’s report cards, medical records, progress reports, etc. Have any commitments that have been made in writing, that way you can check them later if you need to.
- Build positive relationships with the professionals working with your child and maintain open communication.
- Ask questions: there are people there to help.
- Talk to your child about what they are experiencing.
- Be persistent and stay respectful.
There are many organizations that are there to help and who can guide you to information regarding your child’s legal rights.