Those of you with young children – infants, toddlers, preschoolers – may think today’s post doesn’t apply to you. The teen years and college seem far, far away. But if you ask any parent of a teen or college-aged child with special needs what they wish they’d done differently while raising their kids, their response is likely to be this: “I wish we’d starting preparing our child for adulthood sooner.”
Self-Advocacy Is Key to Success in College
Since I’ve heard that response often, my little ears pricked up when I read the headline For Students with Special Needs, Self-Advocacy is Key for Success in College in a google alert. And when I read the article? Well, if I was a dog, my tail would have been wagging as I read the sound advice it offered.
Sound Advice from Robert Bernstein
The advice offered by Robert Bernstein, Dobbs Ferry, New York couselor and consultant for children and teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome, jibed with the research I did while writing Different Dream Parenting. Two tidbits resonated especially strongly:
- His advice to address the transition from school to adulthood in IEPs starting when students are 15.
- His practice of teaching high school teens to self-advocate in college by role-playing scenarios with professors.
But, don’t take my word for it. Read the entire article here.
Parents of adult children with special needs, leave a comment about how you prepared them to self-advocate.
Parents of teens, leave a comment about what you’re doing to prepare your kids.
Parents of younger children, leave a comment about other issues for older kids you’d like to see addressed at this site.
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