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Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide [Paperback]

Peter W. D. Wright , Pam Wright
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Book Description

January 2006
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, second edition will teach you how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will learn your child’s disability and educational needs, how to create a simple method for organizing your child’s file and devising a master plan for your child’s special education. You will understand parent-school conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing. This book includes dozens of worksheets, forms and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs. Whether you are new to special education or an experienced advocate this book will provide a clear roadmap to effective advocacy for your child. You will use this book again and again.

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A superb reference, From Emotions To Advocacy should be found in all community library Parenting reference collections . . . -- Internet Bookwatch, May 2002

If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it! -- Suppport for Families of Children with Disabilities, Summer 2002

In From Emotions to Advocacy, Pete and Pam Wright provide a clear roadmap to effective advocacy for children with disabilities. -- Exceptional Parent Magazine, June 2002

Read the chapters about tests and measurements and SMART IEPs - this information is essential for parents and professionals. -- Hands and Voices Communicator, Summer 2002

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy by Pam & Pete Wright provides a clear roadmap to effective advocacy. -- DD Quarterly, Summer 2002

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy is filled with practical advice about how to obtain better services for children. -- Brimstone Bulletin, Summer 2002 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Pete and Pam Wright, best-selling authors of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, provide informative and inspirational advice about special education advocacy through the Wrightslaw site.

Pete is an attorney who represents children with disabilities. He represented Shannon Carter before the U. S. Supreme Court in Florence County School District IV v. Carter (510 U.S. 7). Pam is a psychotherapist who writes about advocacy for children with disabilities. She is the editor of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you have a learning disabled child, this book will become your Bible. It is an excellent resource book and it has helped me tremendously in the IEP process. My son is in the seventh grade now. I wished I had purchased this book earlier. I suggest that anyone who is going through an IEP for the first time to buy this book. There is alot of information that is not provided by the school. Alot of parents accept what the school says without question. I suggest purchasing The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child as well. These two books will enable you to become more educated in the difficult journey through special education politics. It will guide you, offer suggestions and ultimately you will feel more confident as you approach the school department to get an appropriate education for your child. Along with these books, I highly recommend getting an educational advocate. They know the laws and they can interpret the test results that seem like they are written in a foreign language. To all parents with sped kids...good luck and I wish you and your child the best!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will not regret this purchase-please buy it! April 25 2003
If you have a child with a disability,I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having this book. I happen to have two children with different disabilities. It does not matter what disability your child has, this book will help you. I wish I had it sooner. This book shows you how to write good letters to school personnel, an easy way to organize your childs files and the importance of doing this, how to measure testing to see if your child is progressing and how to use that information to help your child and the creation of the Ed Plan, how to prepare for an IEP meeting and participate using the right skills to get what is best for your child and so much more. Before I read this book I never thought I would have been able to get the services and modifications I wanted with such ease and success. By employing the strategies in this book I have found the school really listens to what I have to say and considers it. What a nice change from years past! Don't get me wrong you have to prepare, but this book shows you how. If you follow the advice in this book, it makes it very difficult for the school system to refuse you (if your requests are legitamate).
Don't be intimidated as I was, thinking: "I will never understand the information in this type of book." The authors write this in very easy to understand language. They actually make the laws interesting to learn and easy to remember. If only I had this book at the beginning of my Special Education journey? My wish is that you do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HELP WE PARENTS NEED! May 20 2002
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide is a must have for ALL parents with a child in the special education system.
FETA helps to organize your thoughts, concerns and plan for your childs education. It gives you the ability to understand where the schools are coming from and how to build an effective relationship with the Special Education team. By doing this, you can effeectively advocate for your child. As the parent,you should be the "Project Manager" for your child as he/she makes her way through school. Through FETA you gain an understanding of HOW to do this. Special education systems and laws can at best be confusing and overwhelming, we parents need help in sorting it all out and FETA does that! We the parents of children in special education need to be equal players in the planning for our kids, NO ONE knows them like we do, and NO ONE will advocate for them like we will! FETA is an important tool in that process.
FETA also does a wonderful thing. It shows you how to organize all the mounds of paper that special education produces. I walk into meetings and seminars with everything I need at my fingertips.
FETA does someting else amazing, it helps you to understand the TESTING SCORES! Yikes, we all need help with that!
I can go on forever about this book, but I am running out of room. From special education laws, IEP's, resources, how to write effective letters, it its ALL in there! GET THIS BOOK!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help at it's best!!!! March 18 2002
I attended the Cleveland, OH seminar in Feb, and was so glad that I did. Not only was the information, shared by Pam and Pete Wright, invaluable, but I was able to obtain their books, "Wrightslaw" and "From Emotions to Advocacy." Any parent who has a child with special needs, knows how difficult it can be, to get needed services, as well as have them implimented correctly. My youngest child is autistic, and he has been having a very difficult time during the current school year. Despite numerous attempts to resolve the problems, I was getting no where, on my own. As a last resort, I retained an attorney. Things were now beginning to move in a positive direction, and then I attended the seminar. Between the information shared at the seminar, and the information in the books, I now feel that I have a better understanding of the "do's, dont's, rights,and wrongs" that can and do occur with parents and school administrators. I immediately implimented some of the suggestions given in the books and at the seminar, with very positive results. One suggestion was to bring food to the meetings, something I have done for several years. I have yet to have someone tell me, "No thank you, I'm not hungry." Another suggestion was to be very organized. I purchased an expandable file folder, which holds all of my son's IEP's, MFE's, and any other correspondence, in chronological order. At my last meeting, on Mar. 5, a question arose, concerning past reports. I was able to pull out the needed report, quickly, while everyone else just sat there. The comment from the Special Ed Director was, "Look at this. Boy is she organized." No one, with a special needs child, should be without either one of these books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required School Book
Thank you Amazon i am a struggling student and the discounted books are a godsend. They are quick to arrive and have all the content i need for my studies.
Published 2 months ago by Terry Willemsvandyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Wright's FETA book is excellent!
I recently attended Pete and Pam Wright's "Boot Camp" advocacy training in which their books, "From Emotions to Advocacy" and "Special Education Law" were used as part of their... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003 by "kimdyqzn"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Parents of Children who have Disabilities!
This book takes you step by step through the process of Advocating for your child! As parents we all know how confusing it can be to understand the system, test scores, IEP's and... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Resource! Received sevices for my autistic child!
Without this book I don't know if my daughter would be receiving the services that she is today. I also recommend Wrightslaw: Special Education Laws! Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2003 by paula cox
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Back!
Don't worry about the title of this review- this radical mom hasn't gone bonkers! I've had this guide for many, many months but a local advocate in my area borrowed it and I... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by Janie Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic....Wonderful
I have this book " From Emotions to Advocacy" and read it cover to
cover. I am in the process of writing my first really good IEP for my
Son. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by A. Showalter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource For Parents of Special Education Students
This is a wonderful book. It is an easy read. There are many practical ideas for becoming a better advocate for your child.
Published on Aug. 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction and "how to" reference book
Collaboratively written by psychotherapist Pam Wright and attorney Pete Wright, From Emotions To Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide is an introduction and "how to"... Read more
Published on May 11 2002 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
Even though I was an informed IEP participant in my son's educational goals, I still felt inadequate to advocate for him. Read more
Published on April 18 2002 by Kathy A Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide to Special Education
If you are new to the Special Education maze or a seasoned veteran, this is the book to read. Pete and Pam Wright have collaborated on a book that is a must have for every parent,... Read more
Published on March 26 2002 by Lynn Gallagher
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