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Effective Parents Recognize that Change Takes Time

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Effective parents recognize that change  takes time, and they implement a plan to make necessary changes Do you recall the old saying, “Patience is a virtue”?  While the ability to wait calmly or to accept delay ...

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Effective Parents Build a Team of Professionals to Evaluate and Advocate for their Children

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Build a team of professionals to evaluate and advocate for your child Convincing a school district to increase your child’s services or to change his or her placement almost always requires the assistance of a professional ...

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Effective Parents Maintain a Cordial and Professional Relationship with School Staff

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Maintain a cordial and professional relationship with school staff It goes without saying that maintaining respectful and cordial relations with school personnel – even if you disagree on the issues – is a worthy ...

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Effective Parents Cooperate and Share Information with their Child’s Teachers and Special Education Team

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Share information with your child’s teachers and team Parents are often frustrated by a school’s failure to conduct thorough evaluations using qualified professionals. Discouraged by the school’s failure to evaluate, ...

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Effective Parents Maintain Accurate, Complete and Organized Records

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It is Important to Maintain Accurate, Complete and Organized Records  Typically, a child attends school for several years before his or her parents decide to challenge the special education services or placement which have ...

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Effective Parents Have an Understanding of Special Education Rules and Regulations

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Understanding Special Education Rules and Regulations Special education laws and regulations are numerous and complex. Even those of us in the business of representing children with disabilities must study and attend seminars ...

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Effective Parents are Aware of Their Child’s Disability and Their Strengths and Weaknesses

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Parents are usually the first to realize that their child is struggling in school or that something is “just not right.” Effective parents trust their instincts and seek evaluations to address their concerns, even when ...

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Effective Parents are Involved in Their Child’s Education

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Through our work with parents of children involved in the special education system, we have seen what traits Here is the first in a series of tips on navigating the special education system.  Trait # 1: Effective parents are ...

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10 Traits of Effective Parents in Navigating the Special Education System

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Navigating the Special Education System Advocating for children in the special education system can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience for parents. Parents of children who require special education services quickly ...

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