LD Expert Podcast

Episode 72 – Part 1: Advocating for Your Child with Confidence – Julie Cole, Jolee Hibbard, Alexa Chilcutt


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    In this Episode


    In Part 1 of this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, Jill Stowell is joined by the authors of “The Language of Advocacy” - a workbook for parents who are in the midst of the emotional journey of advocating for their special needs children.



    • The emotional piece of advocating for your child
    • Communication strategies to help parents feel confident about crafting their message to the school or IEP team
    • Issues about triggers that impact your emotions as a parent and impede communication

    In Part 1 of this episode, you'll learn:

    • Factors that affect you as the parent of a neurodivergent child
    • Barriers you are facing and strategies for effective communication with the IEP team
    • Communication skills that help you get your message across for the best outcome for your child
    • Informed advocacy: How parents can get educated and prepare for an IEP



    ▶️ In Part 2 of this episode:

    • Empowering parents to create a collaborative IEP environment (as opposed to an intimidating power struggle)
    • Diagnoses and qualifying for an IEP
    • What to expect from the IEP process
    • "The Language of Advocacy" workbook: a step-by-step guide for parents navigating the IEP process

    Episode Highlight

    "Parents of kids that struggle can have vicarious experiences.

    Parents feel as though their children are extensions of themselves.

    Parents will have the same kind of neural responses as if they had gotten some sort of feedback about themselves when they get feedback about their kid."

    - Jolee Hibbard