Effective Advocacy

How can I help my child? Be their advocate!  

You can make a difference for your child through being an advocate -- a person who publically supports them and helps speak for them.  

In school:

  • Talk or email with your child's teacher often and tell them if your child is struggling

  • Even if you don't have a formal plan, you can make helpful suggestions to the teacher. Give the teacher specifics - they might not have worked with writing difficulties before.  What exactly helps your child? You know best. 

  • Be creative. If copying is hard for your child and they have a device, ask if they could just snap a photo of their homework assignment.

  • Talk to the teacher about whether your child knows the content, not just if he/she can write it down on a test or assignment.  

One parent reports that she sent in a few sheets of Redispace paper to her son's teacher even though it wasn't on a formal plan. The teacher liked it so much she photocopied it and used it with him all year. 

A year later, his next teacher is using it too. 

In Occupational Therapy:

  • Ask what other skills the OT often teaches. If your child has trouble writing, they may have trouble tying shoes too. Having an OT help with that could make a big difference. 

  • Get an update every visit and ask what you can help with at home or if there are helpful resources you should look for.

In sports, camp, and other activities:

  • You don't always have to disclose your child's writing difficulties, but consider asking up front if there will be any writing. 

  • You may want to explain to coaches/counselors that your child learns best verbally and to talk with them about situations instead of writing things down. 

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