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16935 West Bernardo Drive, Suite 114,
San Diego, California 92127
Phone 858.485.7500858.485.7500 • Fax 858.485.6676
Spring 2016 SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
From your Advocacy Associates, Inc. Team, here are some guidelines to help you and your Advocate be most effective in representing your child.
· Schedule an observation before the meeting
Here are some strategies to help IEP meetings be less stressful! Active listening strategies can help.
Listening is not something that just happens, listening is an active process in which a conscious decision is made to listen to and understand the messages of the speaker. Active listening helps people to feel understood and is a useful way to prevent misunderstandings. Active listening is a proactive way to manage emotional situations.
Focus on the Speaker: Avoid distractions by putting all your focus on the speaker. Leave your cell phone at home!
Become and Active Listener: Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to understand, interpret, and evaluate what he/she hears. Convey interest using phrases such as: I see… Tell me more about…
Ask for Clarification by Rephrasing Ask your question by rephrasing the main point. The repetition gives you another chance to go over the point before the speaker clarifies.
Use “I” statements rather than “you” statements: I statements state how you feel; “you” statements are critical or judgmental
Keep an Open Mind: Preconceived notions, bias and ego can prevent you from listening to the speaker's point of view.
Clarify: Check for accuracy in your understanding, Use questions as : I’m not sure I understand…Did I understand that right?
Summarize: Accurately capture the main idea in order to clarify. “So your concern is…”