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How to Advocate for the 'Difficult' Child (page 2)

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Updated on Mar 25, 2013

Teach your child to accept responsibility. Your child’s disability is an explanation, but not an excuse, to behave badly. When he does lose control, he should assume some responsibility for his actions. Simply pointing to his condition will perpetuate a learned helplessness, which will not help him once he leaves the safety of the school system. No one would give him such a pass if he lost control at work or on the street, for example. If necessary, he could work with the school psychologist or social worker to improve his behavior.

Keep in mind, as frustrating as your child is to you, he is to his teacher as well. However, it is always her job to be respectful to him. Abuse is never okay, and any allegations should be taken seriously.

Seek help if you need it. If you feel you are getting nowhere with the school, you can get assistance in the form of an advocate or, in some cases, lawyers who specifically deal with education law. Be sure you have plenty of documentation to present to your attorney or advocate.  

Remember, you are the utmost expert on your child. You’ve known him longer than anybody else and you spend the most time with him. As much as the so-called “experts” know about his condition and about education (and they may know a lot), you know him! Do your best to work together to figure out what’s best for him.

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