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Ten Tips to Build Self-Advocacy Skills

August 30, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Self-Advocacy refers to an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. (VanReusen et al., 1994)

Below are ten tips to help build self-advocacy skills:  Read the rest of this entry →

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The Anatomy of Self-Care

June 8, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Talk to your friends, exercise, relax, eat well, sleep – we are all familiar with self-care strategies and the importance of them.  However, most parents don’t (or can’t) make the time for them.  It is commonly known today that physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual health are inter-related.  Taking a little time for you goes a long way toward not only feeling better, but toward managing demands more easily, making clearer decisions, staying healthy, and having more positive interactions with your family.  Indeed, parents of children with special needs are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and marital strain [1].  Special needs children with parents who are depressed, anxious, or experience marital strain are more likely to exhibit more frequent or severe acting out behaviors [2].  The problem isn’t knowing the importance of self-care, nor is it being short of ideas for how to self-care.  The problem, typically, is knowing how to prioritize self-care.  Read the rest of this entry →

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