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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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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 Pete Wright's FETA book is excellent! Sept. 3 2003
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 training. The books, as well as, the training are exceptional.
In order for parents to become effective advocates for their child, these books are essential. I would highly recommend these books (and the training) to any parent of a disabled child. Pete's added comments contained within his "Special Education Law" book helps parents better understand just what the laws are saying without all the "legaleese". And the information contained in the FETA book is outstanding as well! It includes valuable information on how to interpret and understand your child's testing scores and to know what areas your child may be struggling in. I'll be using the information I gained from these books often! In fact, I already have!
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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 everything in between. From Emotions to Advocacy takes all the guess work out of it for us! It is an easy to read guide to Advocating for children with disabilities. It helps you to understand the process and how to work with the principals, diagnostitians, teachers and para-professionals to have a successful school year for your child! Most importantly how to take emotion out of the equation so that you can see things clearly and not burn any bridges on your way to getting what your child needs!
Anyone who has to deal with IEP's and ARD meetings should have this book.
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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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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! Both are excellent resource tools for getting the services my child so desperately needed. Thanks so much, Pam & Pete Wright!
Paula Wright-Cox
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Back! Oct. 22 2002
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 couldn't get it back! Hmmm... Could it be she was having her parents complete the "homework" in the book that Pete and Pam assigned? Or perhaps she was having them research "Special Education Law," or learn "Tactics and Strategies"? Nevertheless, I'm glad it's back so I can study it in detail. (So please don't ask to borrow it for a few weeks...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic....Wonderful Aug. 14 2002
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. I have been in so many heated conversations with my school system
I sure could have used this book to help me get past personal feelings
towards administrators. Better late than never finding my way.
Thank you
Angel Showalter
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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 THE HELP WE PARENTS NEED!
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. Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Jackie B.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Help at it's best!!!!
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... Read more
Published on March 18 2002 by Rebecca Smith
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