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You are your child's biggest Advocate!  Here are 10 Basic Tips for Advocating for your child:

Tip #1: Trust Yourself
You are your Child’s First and Best Teacher! You know them best. You want the best for them, always! You are a consistent, lifelong influence.

Tip #2: Gather Information
About services, programs at school; about your child’s special needs/disability; your child’s strengths & weaknesses;  and any relevant records or reports

Tip #3: Know Who the Players Are
Teachers, Service Providers, Coaches, Social Services; Know who holds the power to make the important decisions

Tip #4: Learn the Rules & Regs
Gather school policies and procedures, handbooks; know your child’s rights!

Tip #5: Plan & Prepare
for the next step or meeting. Decide what is most important, the main priority; Pick one or two issues only to address, too many muddy the waters

Tip #6: Identify the Problem
Might be person, place or thing; Ask questions: who, what, when, where, why, how?

Tip #7: Generate Multiple Solutions
Look “Outside the Box”; Seek Positive Ideas: make it a win-win for all

Tip #8: Define Action Plan and Next Steps
Set time frame for each step; State clearly who does what; Put plan in writing: IEP, Section 504 Plan, Letter 

Tip #9: Follow Through
with Every Step with Every Person.  Evaluate if it is not happening or why

Tip #10: Don’t Give up!
Tips for Handling Tough Conversations
* Begin with agreement
* Say “and” – not “but”
* Use lots of “I” statements
* Avoid negatives and absolutes

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For more tips and information on how to better support your child, please contact PIC at (307) 684-2277.

 

For more tips and information on how to better support your child, please contact the Parent Information Center at (307) 684-2277.


What is PHP of WY, Inc.?

Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Inc is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1990. Governed by a board of directors, the majority who are parents or family members of children with disabilities. PHP 's mission is to help families become more active in their children’s learning and education, to serve and support children with and without disabilities through advocacy, education, and referral. 

It is the policy of the Parent Information Center to ensure equitable access to and participation in its activities for all Wyoming families with special attention paid to ensuring access for the most underserved families due to poverty, disability, race, color, language, ethnicity, immigrant status or national origin, gender, or age.

PHP of WY is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization; therefore, your donation is tax deductible. We welcome all donations. Every donation helps us strengthen our network of support for families.

Parent Information Center
500 W. Lott Street Suite A, 
Buffalo, WY 82834 
(307) 684-2277