How to teach your child self-advocacy

What can You as the Parent do to Teach Self Advocacy?

  • Figure out what your child is good at and what they need help with.
  • Make a list of people and programs that help support them.
  • Learn about laws or policies that support their needs.
  • Learn about their disability and how it affects them.
  • Role play with your child (maybe include a friend or teacher) to practice skills.
  • Set up real-life experiences as often as you can, during which your child can communicate their needs and wants.
  • Encourage your child to go to or lead their IEP and other meetings and to share their idea, dreams, and concerns.


FAST FACT:

  There are many ways for children to share information. Young people with significant disabilities can be good self-advocates. They can communicate verbally or in writing. They can use technology, like speech-to-text software. They can use Braille, sign language, pictures, photos, letterboards. They can use body language like head nods, smiles, or grimaces.

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