Local writer, Terri Mauro, and mother of two teenage special needs kids will be at Barnes & Noble at the Clifton Commons next week discussing and signing her new book, 50 Ways to Support your Child’s Special Education: From IEPs to Assorted Therapies, An Empowering Guide to Taking Action, Every Day.
“I think it’s easy for parents of kids in special education to feel cut off from their children’s school experience. The process of putting together an IEP (Individualized Education Program) can be intimidating and scary. Sometimes your child is bused to a school outside your neighborhood, so you don’t get that normal drop-off pick-up contact. If your child isn’t in a mainstream setting, you may not have a good idea of what goes on in the classroom — it doesn’t relate to your personal experience, or your experience with your other kids. Your child may not be as involved in school activities due to disabilities and lack of opportunity. I think a lot of parents feel cut off, but if anything, children with special needs need us to be more involved, not less.
I’m suggesting 50 ways that parents can plug back in and get involved, whether or not they can actually be a presence at the school or throw weight around at meetings. There are things you can do at home, things that you can do yourself. But being active at the school is always better. That’s my strongest advice to parents — be a presence at your child’s school.”
Book Signing: 50 Ways to Support your Child’s Special Education: From IEPs to Assorted Therapies, An Empowering Guide to Taking Action, Every Day
What: A book signing and discussion of local writer, Terri Mauro’s new book.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Clifton Commons, 395 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ.
When: Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m.