Parents are an integral part of the IEP team and a very important ADHD advocate. Kids with ADHD need to know that they have strengths since during the school day, they don’t always have confidence in themselves when they can’t achieve expectations like their peers. It’s not easy to understand the presence of strengths when their ADHD struggles get in their way without adequate support.
So again, you are an integral part of the IEP team and a very important ADHD advocate. I know that it many times doesn’t feel like it when you are sitting in that meeting with several professionals looking and speaking as if they run the show and know what’s best for your child. Yes, they may be able to delineate areas that can help such as research based reading programs and modifications of programs. That is all areas that demand some input from the teacher and administrators: those who run programs and classroom curriculum. But you are the parent, the one who knows the most about your child. And those characteristics are paramount to his success. And quite honestly, in my experience, you may have been the one who really started the ball rolling regarding the need for the IEP and team.
So how does this process start to show the team you are a part of it this year, the parent who wants to insure the development of confidence and success in your child? The following are some bullet points that may help with that process:
You are a part of this very important team and a very important ADHD advocate, that is in place to insure the success of the IEP that allows goal achievement and your child’s healthy self-esteem.
To understand more about what ADHD advocacy is, and how it can dramatically help your child, please contact me directly for a free consultancy session. On our call, you will have the opportunity to share the challenges that your child is facing, and get instant feedback on critical next steps to help both you and your child. You can contact me directly by clicking here!
A little about the author and founder of ADD Advocate, Karen Lowry: I am a certified ADHD Coach. ADHD advocacy is my passion. There are so many school support challenges facing our children, that knowing your rights as a parent have never been more crucial. Effective ADHD coaching depends on effective advocacy for our kids. Remember, if you should ever have any questions about anything regarding school support, or just understanding about ADHD, IEP programs, 504 plans, etc….