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On the last track, we discussed three concepts of the Advocacy Model. These three concepts of the Advocacy Model included: appropriate candidates; inferring needs from behaviors; and identifying limitations and strengths.
On this track, we will discuss three concepts for preparing a FAS client for school. These three concepts include: school cooperation; school advocates; and nine steps to effective advocacy.
Three Steps for Preparing a FAS client for School
Step #1 - School Cooperation
Preferably, I ask parents of clients to meet with teachers in person and to take pamphlets and other educational material in order to better educate the teacher about the client’s condition. Most importantly, the teacher should be informed that the client does not do well with complex instructions and that any form of punishing retribution is futile and harmful to the client’s self-esteem.
Ginny, age 6, was about to enter into first grade. Her parents, Jim and Helen, were concerned about her ability to keep her patience during complex instructions. I suggested that they inform the teacher of Ginny’s short temper and also emphasize that she cannot control her behavior. The best way to diffuse the situation would be to appeal to her needs and try and resolve her frustrations rather than discourage the behavior.
Helen met with Ginny’s teacher, Joanna, and explained the problem to her. Helen stated, "My daughter has had trouble learning since she was born. It’s not that she can’t learn, it’s that she learns in a different way than other children. If she becomes frustrated or confused, she may react angrily. If that happens, it’s better to talk to her than to punish her."
Think of your Ginny. How could his or her parents approach the school administrators and teachers about the client’s FAS?
Step #2 - School Advocates
9 Skills of Successful School Advocates
Beatrice, age 8, had begun to throw fits in the classroom. Her teacher, who had been uninformed about Beatrice’s condition, punished her by putting her in time out in a corner, which subsequently humiliated her. he school nurse, Dorice, recognized Beatrice’s symptoms as FAS.
Dorice approached Beatrice’s parents, and suggested that she become an advocate for their daughter. Dorice was kinder to Beatrice and much more patient than her teacher. In addition, Dorice had the nurse’s office where Beatrice could retreat in order to escape the pressures of school work. Think of your Beatrice. Is there anyone at his or her school that could be an effective advocate?
Step #3 - Nine Steps to Effective School Advocacy
Think of your FAS. What advice could you give to his or her advocate?
On this track, we discussed three concepts for preparing an FAS client for school. These three concepts included: school cooperation; school advocates; and nine steps to effective advocacy.
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