Get The Help You Need
You need to get some help and build a team. Don't try to go it alone. When we met with the school we should have had a special education professional on our side in the very first meeting to help us navigate this process, and we didn’t have one. But how were we to know?
• Step Two - The next step in building your special education team is to join a parent organization for children with learning disabilities or special needs. You can get advice from other parents who have received special education services for their child. Some of the previous websites mentioned such as www.yellowpagesforkids.com can help you find parents’ rights groups in your state. Another site to consider is www.taalliance.org which is a national directory of Parent Training Information Centers. Also try Parent to Parent USA (www.p2pusa.org) to see if they have a chapter in your state.
It can be very tempting to try to handle this proceess on your own, that's the initial route we took. Please learn from our mistake and start building your special education team right away. The school has a tremedous informational advantage over the parents of a special needs child...especially parents just starting out in the process. The school administrators understand the rules of the game and parents need to be informed and prepared in order to protect their child.