Communicating with Your Child’s School

Effective Communication with Your Child’s School

If you have a child who is receiving special education services, you’re more than likely to be very involved with your child’s school and teachers-including planning, reviewing, and assessing your child’s educational program. Over time, you will learn a lot about the special education process and how to communicate and negotiate on your child’s behalf. While your knowledge, skill, and confidence will naturally increase, there are some specific communication skills that can help you be most successful in developing and maintaining a strong partnership with your child’s school. We hope this resource called Steps to Success will be particularly helpful to parents who are new to the special education process.  Steps to Success is published by the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE).