Practical tips for parents of special needs kids
Patricia S. Phelan runs The Law Office of Patricia S. Phelan – a practice dedicated exclusively to the field of special education law and advocacy. Ms. Phelan has been practicing law for eighteen years and is an experienced litigator as well as a parent of a child with a disability. For guidance about your child’s rights under the law, please contact Ms. Phelan by email at PSPESQ@aol.com or telephone at 914-629-4707. For more information about The Law Office of Patricia S. Phelan, go to http://www.phelanspecialedlaw.com/.
Regardless of whether your child qualifies under the law for free ESY services, or whether you try to occupy his or her day with some alternative activities, keep in mind these practical tips:
TIP ONE: BUILD IN STRUCTURE WHENEVER POSSIBLE; SET ROUTINES WITH SCHEDULED FREE TIMES.
TIP TWO: BUILD IN PREDICTABILITY WHENEVER POSSIBLE; MAKE VISUAL SCHEDULES OF UPCOMING EVENTS.
TIP THREE: PREPARE THOSE INTERACTING WITH YOUR CHILD DURING THE EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR ABOUT YOURCHILD’S DISABILITY, AND HIS OR
HER INDIVIDUAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES. THIS WILL ENABLE THEM TO FACILITATE A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE AND PREDICTIBLE ENVIRONMENT
FOR YOUR CHILD.
TIP FOUR: CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO HAVE FUN IN WHATEVER ACTIVITY OR EDUCATIONAL SETTING HE OR SHE IS INVOLVED IN!