Toolbox Tips for Parents #8: Back-To-School

back-to-schoolI was in Wal-Mart earlier this week and noticed that school supplies are already making their way into the shopping carts of parents.  I thought now would be a good time to give some back-to-school tips to help parents be prepared for the upcoming school year. Continue reading

Toolbox Tips for Parents #2: iAdvocate App

tipsThe iAdvocate app is a free app developed at the Syracuse University School of Education.  The app grew out of a need to provide resources for parents of students with disabilities.  According to the developers:  “the goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education. iAdvocate uses problem-based learning strategies, simulations, and provides contextual access resources to build parental advocacy skills and knowledge.”

This is a wonderful app to download and have ready for when you attend ARD (IEP) meetings.  The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

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This post is intended to give you a general idea of the law.  However, each situation is different.  If you need more specific information about how the law applies to your situation you should contact a special education attorney. 

Summer Reading List


With summer months being a slow time at Davis Advocates, I take the time to catch up on my reading, both professionally and for fun.  Do you have a summer reading list of books to help you be a better advocate for your child?  Below are some of the books I am reading to help me improve my advocacy skills.

  1. Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, & Executive Function Deficits by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy
  2. All About Tests & Assessments by Melissa Lee Farrall, PhD, SAIF, Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW and Peter W.D. Wright, Esq.
  3. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
  4. Getting to Yes:  Negotiating Agreement without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton

As I add more to my list, I will update this posting.  Feel free to comment with books that are on your summer reading list.  Happy Reading!