Students who struggle with reading or school need caring adults to represent them. Being an advocate for a student can mean learning new terms, knowing your rights, and insisting that your student gets the help he or she needs to have the best opportunity to succeed. See the articles below to get started and visit our sister website LD OnLine.

Having Your Child Tested for Learning Disabilities Outside of School

By: Reading Rockets (2008)

Children who struggle with reading often need extra help. This help usually comes from the school, but some parents choose to look outside the school for professionals who can assess, diagnose, tutor, or provide other education services. The following article provides information on how to find the right person for your child.

Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate and Attorney

By: Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright (2007)

Learn to develop the evidence you need to support your belief that your child is not receiving the right help in school. Peter and Pamela Wright, from Wrightslaw, tell you how to interpret and chart your child's test scores, graph your child's progress, and successfully communicate with the educators who make decisions about your child.

Preparing for an IEP Meeting

By: PACER Center (2006)

This checklist prepared by the PACER Center will help parents prepare for and get the most out of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with the school staff.

How to Know a Good Adolescent Literacy Program When You See One: Quality Criteria to Consider

By: Alliance for Excellent Education (2004)

Literacy programs seem to have sprung up everywhere, but how can you tell the good ones from the bad ones? This guide identifies the key elements to consider in evaluating adolescent literacy programs.

My Son's Disability, and My Own Inability to See It

By: Martha Randolph Carr (2004)

This is a cautionary tale, not just for people who have no real idea of what a learning disability is and probably suspect the whole thing is an overindulgent scam, but also for any parent of a child struggling mightily through school.

Solution Shop: A Solution-Focused Counseling and Study Skills Program for Middle Schools

By: Jonathan Cook and Carol Kaffenberger (2003)

"Solution Shop" is a counseling and study skills program designed to address the academic needs of struggling middle school students. In this program, the school counselor serves the critical role of developing and providing appropriate interventions, which range from individual and group counseling, study skills instruction, parent consultation, behavioral contracts, math and reading tutoring, and teacher meetings.

How Parents Can Be Advocates for Their Children

By: Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (2000)

Parents are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) has developed the following tips to help parents champion their child.

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