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Advocacy Consultant Explains How Parents Can Survive Special Education

Nicole Shelton, a Special Education Advocate, was interviewed on Parent Choices for Struggling Teens, a radio show on L.A. Talk Radio about how parents can survive special education. Nicole explained to host Lon Woodbury and co-host Liz McGhee the complexities of navigating School District's Special Education rules. She talked about how factors like how strong the School District's motivation might be to do all they can for their special needs students would affect when and why parents might need the help of Special Education Advocates and Attorneys.

Lon Woodbury has been helping families and teenagers since 1984. He is a prominent Independent Educational Professional and the author of the well-known Woodbury Reports.

Liz McGhee, the Director of Admissions for Sandhill Child Development Center, New Mexico, has more than 19 years of clinical, consulting and referral relations experience with adolescents.

Nicole Shelton

Nicole Shelton is the founder of Shelton Consulting. This private Advocacy Consulting firm specializes in special education advocacy throughout the US, helping clients with special needs to get their needs met through various school districts. Nicole holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration, a Master of Education in Special Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is currently hard at work to earn her Juris Doctorate.

A New Perspective on How Parents Can Survive Special Education

After introducing his guest, Lon began the show on how parents can survive special education by asking, "What is a special education advocate?"

Nicole defined a special education advocate as an individual that is completely proficient with the special education rights for special needs kids. An advocate can aid parents with understanding the special education rights of their kids. In addition, an advocate has the ability to encourage the most effective actions to aid the child in their educational institution. Alternatively, a lawyer took care of the legal aspects of a case, and was only required if the situation had to be escalated because the child's right were not being adequately addressed by the district the child was being educated in.

A special education advocate was necessary if a parent felt that the school district was denying the child a right to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or providing an IEP that was not favorable to their child's needs. After understanding what a parent and child needed from the school district and reviewing all the child's records, the advocate would then arrange a meeting with school services to determine a new course of action.

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