"A superb reference, From Emotions To Advocacy is highly recommended reading for parents of children in need of adapted or special education services ... Filled with tips, tricks, techniques and an immense wealth of resources, from Internet sites and advocacy organizations to worksheets, forms, and sample letters‰Û_"--Midwest Book Review
"If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it!"--Suppport for Families of Children with Disabilities
Section One: Getting Started.
... Basic advocacy skills
... Supplies you need to get started
... How to develop a master plan for your child's education
... How to act as your child's special education project manager
Section Two: Advocacy 101.
... Schools as bureaucracies and the rules of the game
... Obstacles to success -- school culture, myths, gatekeepers, and emotions
... Common causes of conflict
... Steps you can take to prevent or resolve problems
... Events that trigger parent-school crises
Section Three: The Parent as Expert.
... Why you must become an expert about your child's disability and educational needs
... How to organize your child's file, step by step
... How to use information from tests to understand your child's disability
... How to use test scores to monitor and measure your child's progress
... How to write SMART IEP goals and objectives
Section Four: Special Education Law.
... The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
... Findings and purposes of the IDEA
... Definitions in the IDEA
... Extended school year (ESY), child find, least restrictive environment (LRE), private placements, and statewide assessments
... Requirements for identifying children with specific learning disabilities - Discrepancy Formulas and Response to Intervention (RTI)
... Evaluations, eligibility, IEPs, and placement
... Prior written notice, procedural safeguards, mediation, due process hearings, appeals, discipline, and age of majority
... Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
... Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Section Five: Tactics and Strategies.
... The "Rules of Adverse Assumptions," proof and evidence, first impressions, image and presentation
... How to use logs, calendars, and journals to create paper trails
... How to write effective letters and sample letters
... How to write a persuasive "Letter to the Stranger" and sample letters
... How to use IEP worksheets, parent agendas, visual aids, and graphs
... Roles of experts
... Pros and cons of tape recording meetings
... How to use problem resolution worksheets and post-meeting thank you letters
... Append A to the special education regulations about IEPs, the parental role, and transition
... Frequently asked questions about special education
... Summary of your rights and responsibilities
... State Departments of Special Education by state
... Parent Training Information Centers by state
... Sources of information about disabilities and special education ... Sources of legal information ... Free publications to help you be a more effective advocate for your child ... Sample letters and worksheets that you can tailor to your needs
334 pages. 2005
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