Advocating for Kids with Special Needs

advocating for your special needs child

In this episode of POP Parenting with Jenni and Jody we are continuing a series on Special Needs with a discussion about advocating for your special needs child in school, with the child’s medical team, in social settings, at church and in extracurricular activities. We are also talking briefly about how to help the young adult with special needs transition into a vocation.

This show is part of a series on Special Needs. Be sure to check out the other episodes in the series.

Episode #1 — What is Early Intervention and Is It Right for My Child? with Jenni and Jody

Episode #2 — Advocating for Kids with Special Needs with Jenni and Jody

Episode #3 —Helping Special Needs Kids Understand Complex Social Situations with authors Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky

Episode #4 —Helping Kids Befriend Peers with Special Needs with author Gillian Marchenko

This Week’s Show Topic

advocating for your special needs child

This episode is part of a series about special needs. In this show, we’re talking about advocating for your special needs child, including

  • becoming an expert on your child’s special need
  • becoming an expert on the law that pertains to your child
  • leading your child’s IEP meeting
  • keeping good records
  • networking for your child
  • and staying informed.

Although the episode is geared toward advocating for a child with special needs, it’s chock full of tips for parents of any child.

Caught in the Act

This week’s “Caught in the Act” is a dad who tells us how his entrepreneurial spirit has rubbed off on his teenage son. Thomas Smith and his wife Suzy have been married 20 years. They have two children — Kolby and Eliana. Tom and Suzy home school their kids. He is an artist who loves to work with his hands. After being a professional photographer for 25 years, Tom tapped into a love for woodworking and began installing kitchens when the market shifted.


In this segment of the show, Tom tells us about how Kolby found a way to fill a need in their community and earn some money in the process.

Brother, Brother Music

brother brother

Hey, if you dig the sound of POP Parenting, we encourage you to check out Brother Brother! They are a super fun two-man Indie Americana band comprised of brothers Bradley and Brett Anderson. They have a new album coming out soon, and we have had the chance to hear some of it — it’s awesome! So go visit them, like them on Facebook and check out their music.

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 1 to 30), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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