When our daughter was first diagnosed I took no shame in saying I didn’t know it all. After all, I was looking at all these new people we were meeting as experts (Medical professionals, Mental Health professionals, School Professionals). They should know it all. I quickly learned they didn’t, and that’s OK. I quickly learned how to tell who was worth my time and who we should move on from.
My two quick tips for advocating for your child are: have confidence and educate yourself.
If you are new to the journey or you’ve been on it for a while, take time to educate yourself. Recently I shared this quote on Facebook. (In case you don’t know: An IEP in the education world actually stands for Individualized Education Plan and is often used with special needs kids).
The best thing you can do as a parent is know your child. Have confidence in yourself and how well you know your child. You know your child better than anyone else. Educate yourself with as much as you can about your child’s diagnosis.
Every new person you meet on this journey with your child may require you to educate them. I cannot tell you the amount of teachers, doctors and professionals that have never even heard of Sensory Processing Disorder.
Confidence is a fine line, but when it comes to your child you know what your child needs and more often than not, they need you do advocate for them.