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GETTING THE PROFESSIONALS TO LISTEN

WE DISCUSSED the ‘‘dumb-parent treatment’’ in chapter 6. As stated, you should not have to prove your child’s capabilities to the professionals involved. In fairness to the professionals, however, you do have to consider the following:

•    If your child refuses to cooperate or ‘‘perform’’ as well at school as she does at home, the professionals have reason to doubt the abilities you claim she has.

•    It is a natural for parents to see their children in the best light; not all reports made by parents are realistic assessments of a child’s capabilities.

•    People, not robots, administer the laws and regulations relative to appropriate services and/or education for special-needs children. They ...

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