Kim Kizito is well known on social media platforms as @TheIEPStrategist. She decided to write this guide due to high demand from clients who wanted to know the secrets to effectively advocating for their child. When she started receiving requests to put her tips in writing, she realized that anybody can find all the facts about IDEA, IEPs, 504s, school meetings and the special education process online. But what happens once you’ve looked up all of these facts, read them through and still don’t know how to apply that information in the actual meeting? Kim realized that she uses that knowledge in addition to techniques she picked up over the years in various careers. Those techniques coupled with a basic knowledge of IDEA are the reasons Kim has had great success in her career as an advocate. These are the things that she realized needed to be taught to others. How can parents make sure that the odds are in their favor once they sit down at the IEP meeting to advocate for their child? You read your grandmother’s best recipes, purchase all of the ingredients and yet, it STILL doesn’t taste like grandma made it. Just like grandma’s recipes likely didn’t START in the kitchen, knowing how to work with the school doesn’t either. This guide walks you through some of the subtle and not so subtle things Kim does as a parent to advocate for her own children AND for her clients’ children as an Advocate in the school system. Kim presents stories and scenarios in a funny and compelling way to show you how she thinks and what happens when she applies that thinking in actual IEP meetings. Kim has been a parent advocate for over 10 years. She tells you the things she does WELL BEFORE the actual meeting and why. Then she shows you how to use those things at the meeting in a way where you don’t feel like you’ve alienated the teachers and the school, and you’ve gotten the help your child is entitled to. You will be thrilled to stop getting “that phone call” from the school, to know your child is LEARNING and THRIVING! You’ll actually LIKE working with the school and the teachers and the feeling that your child actually feels included! Best of all, parents who have worked with Kim, have HOPE for their special needs children. And hope is an excellent thing.