Book Title: The Art of Advocacy: A Parent's Guide to a Collaborative IEP Process
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Charmaine L Thaner
Bringing Cookies to IEP Meetings Will Only Get You So Far! You’ve gone to IEP workshop after IEP workshop, searched for answers at conferences, done late night research on the internet, and yet you still have those guilty feelings that you’re not doing a good enough job advocating for your child. It takes more than gathering records, giving factual information or reciting research and the law to be a successful advocate for your child. With clarity, honesty, and insights Charmaine Thaner shares how to be a more effective advocate for your own child. After reading The Art of Advocacy: A Parent’s Guide to a Collaborative IEP Process, parents will know: * that certain finesse that is necessary when dealing with disagreements * how asking the right question will get you the right answer * the secrets to creative problem solving when the team has hit a roadblock Readers will also receive priceless bonuses: * a template for writing effective emails * lists of clarifying and probing questions to ask * step-by-step ways to creatively solve problems, and much more Charmaine gives examples of actual conversations and real scenarios to help you learn what to do and what not to do at special education meetings. Chapters include: 1) Conflict and Collaborative Advocacy; 2) How to Listen And Ask Questions With Genuine Curiosity; 3) How to Listen With Your Eyes; 4) Know What to Say When; 5) Building Authentic Relationships; 6) How to Use Collaborative Problem Solving; 7) The End is Really The Beginning. Each chapter is written so busy parents can get to the point quickly. When parents combine the art of advocacy with a collaborative way of solving problems there will be: * a positive difference in the tone of meetings * parent voices that are heard and understood, and * happier, safer, and more successful students in schools Read this book, practice what you’ll learn, and gain the confidence to become an even more effective advocate for your child! Parents that have worked with Charmaine know her insights and strategies are invaluable when advocating for children with any type of disability.