As parents of children with special needs, we often struggle to make sure our children receive the supports they need. By avoiding these three mistakes, we can make that struggle easier.
1. Ruining your relationship with your children’s schools
2. Not networking with other parents.
- How different schools are supporting children with needs similar to your own child
- Emotional support
- What teachers and other school staff are like and the best way to approach them
- Tips for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
- Suggestions for books and websites they have found helpful
- Types of accommodations made for their children in terms of classwork, homework and testing
- Recommendations for medical providers, therapists or other professionals
- Best places to buy special needs aids, equipment and toys
Even if you work full-time, set aside time to network with other parents. To meet other parents:
3. Not being proactive
I originally published a version of this article on Examiner.com.