I remember when my husband and I first entered the world of IEP’s. We were overwhelmed by the magnitude of information, definitions, assessments, etc. Of course, there was also the feeling of helplessness with regards to making sure our son had all the services he needed. Sometimes, when a parent loses control of their emotions that can interfere with their ability to be an effective advocate for their child. It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, when we as parents are trying desperately to convince the school district to give our child the services they need. We might exhibit our frustrations through anger, tears, or depression because we are losing the argument with the school district. When that happens, all communication between the school district and the parent’s stops and both sides walk away with resentment and ill will towards each other. Since we are our children’s advocates, we must learn how to accomplish this by using a fact based argument instead of an emotional based argument. Read the rest of this entry →
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It’s routinely thought that our passions interfere with our rationality. Mr. Spock and Commander Data are supposedly the straight thinkers. Fortunately, since what is done to our kids fills us with fear, indignation, and many other strong emotions, that’s not exactly true. Read the rest of this entry →