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Family Involvement

It's Not Too Early To Think About Next Year

Now that your student's teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service personnel are getting to know the learning styles and strengths of your son or daughter, it's time to move on and think about next year. Families and educators work hard in the spring creating IEPs, but often forget to tell next year's team ways the student was successful. This spring parents should urge their child's team to record what works for their student. Often, this is the last thing families andRead more
Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers
Jan 2009

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each State establish and maintain an advisory panel for the purpose of advising the State special education staff regarding

Effective Communication – It's Key!

As we approach situations when we need to advocate, it's important to consider strategies that will help to make things as successful and smooth as possible for all parties involved. Communication is essential and effective communication, like any skill, takes practice. Here are the key components of effective communication skills, taken from Marshall Rosenberg's book, Non-Violent Communication. Be a Good Listener Don't plan your response while the other person is talking. Instead, focus your attention on trying to understand theRead more