When you have a child with special needs being a parent is not your only role. You also have to become your child’s advocate.
Some parents wonder why on top of all their other responsibilities, they also need to act as their child’s advocate. The answer is simple – you know your child the best! You have a unique insight into your child that no one else has.
Getting the educational and medical supports your child needs is often a battle. Schools have limited budgets and resources. The medical supports your child needs may be expensive. You may have a struggle to get your insurance company to pay for them, assuming they even cover the type of treatment your child needs. Good advocacy skills will help you negotiate these battles. You may not always win, but at least you will be satisfied that you did your best.
The role of an advocate is not easy and it does require some homework. This article describes three steps to help you become an effective advocate for your child.