A friend passed along this article to me about an important lesson a mom recently learned when advocating for her child:
In summary, what she learned was that while a specific plan or school may look good on paper, it doesn't necessarily mean it will look good in real life. (All that glitters is not gold?) At her daughter's recent IEP, the team recommended that her daughter transition to a new school that would "offer a self contained program that would provide her daughter the level of academic challenge she deserved and the social component of classroom peers". Sounds great, right? The mom wisely decided to take a tour of the school and classroom herself before signing off on it and was appalled at what she saw. Among her biggest concerns was a high student to teacher ratio (especially for a special needs class) with a borderline-rude teacher who rushed kids along and provided no positive interactions.
She sobbed in her car ( I can SO relate to that!) but after pulling herself together, she was able to advocate for the RIGHT plan for HER daughter as well as help many other parents in similar situations as well.
Have you guys ever been in a similar situation? Early on, I really struggled wtih being vocal and "pushy" enough to advocate for what my son needs but over the years, it has become easier for me to do.