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by Aaron Weintraub

​School is back in full swing and the honeymoon period, if your child had one, is probably over. One of the most important skills your child can learn for success in relationships, school, and work is how to be an effective self advocate.

School is back in full swing and the honeymoon period, if your child had one, is probably over. One of the most important skills your child can learn for success in relationships, school, and work is how to be an effective self advocate. Self advocacy means awareness if your strengths and challenges, identifying your goals, understanding the balance of rights and responsibilities, and effectively communicating these to others.

This week we will be learning about effective self advocacy with peers, teachers, and family members. We will be discussing points such as:

-Finding the balance between courteousness and assertiveness.

-Understanding and using a chain of command.

-Knowing your rights and responsibilities.

-Clearly communicating concerns and needs.

-Asking for help.

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Aaron Weintraub
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Aaron Weintraub

Aaron Weintraub has been working with children and families with special needs for more than ten years. His philosophy of practice is based on respect for individuals and a deep belief that every child can thrive if shown respect, affection, and trust in their innate abilities. Groups focus on building the resilience and confidence that will allow your child to make and keep close and meaningful relationships throughout life. Aaron Weintraub is the author of five peer reviewed publications and three books on Autism including: The Spectrum Manifesto, We Are the 1.01%, and The Big Shrug. Aaron was a Cunningham Fellow at Virginia Tech, and has been awarded the Moran Scholarship, the Margaret Barnes Intergenerational Scholarship, and the Mattie J. T. Stephanik Caregiver Award. His biggest and most important job remains helping to raise his two children.