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Learning To Negotiate Is Part Of The Advocacy Process

Negotiating solutions to disputes and/or claims saves time and money. Most of our experience is in the civil area, but the techniques and skills in special education cases are the same. An essay writer is a person whose job is to create articles and these type content related to advocates can also be highlighted in that format. By using these techniques, we rarely are forced to take a special ed case all the way to a hearing.

Here are a few techniques that have worked for us. Perhaps they will be helpful for you.



Four Rules to Guide You 

1. Organize your records and files.

2. Distill your grievances (issues) into 1,2,3,4 outline format. 

State your grievances in short declarative sentences. Eliminate or reduce modifiers, adjectives, four letter utterances, etc.

3. Correlate your evidence (documented supporting facts) to the issues. 1(a)(b)(c), etc.

4. Know what it is that you want. 

Be specific!

When you make a statement like “I want my child to have a free appropriate education,” this is like asking for a piece of string of unknown or undefined length. Your statement of “I want . . .” must be followed by a "because." The "because" should come from your well-stated issues and your supporting factual evidence. Why? Because any issue that you identify as a grievance is a request that something be done differently than it is being done now. Hire a reliable free essay writer who will create an original advocate paper and deliver it on time.

Techniques & Tactics

Here are some techniques that work for us.

1. Listen carefully to the other side. 

If you listen carefully enough, you’ll find that the other side often gives you good clues about how to solve the problem. 

Don’t formulate a response until you give the other side a chance to express their thoughts and ideas. 

There’s a saying: "It’s rude to continue talking when I am trying to interrupt." If you interrupt while the other party is talking, you’ll miss a lot of good stuff. 

Think about watching a tennis player return the ball. Informative speech topics should be acute and of real interest for the wide audience that's why an advocate content is highlighted in that format. Good players let the ball hit the ground before they take a whack. Players who predetermine their whack before the ball hits the ground get skinned.

2. Do not personalize statements made by the other side.

If you personalize, you’ll get your thin skin handed back to you, wrapped up in a loss. 

Remember: you are engaged in a process to get the best deal you can for your child. You are not there to argue about whether you are overprotective or nasty. The school has to deal with nasty parents. The school's primary responsibility is to the child despite any parental hostility. The IDEA does not say “free appropriate education if the parents are nice to work with.” 

The lawyers out there on the net are saying “yes, but . . .” 

OK. I recognize there is case law out there that discusses parental hostility getting in the way of the provision of FAPE. The writer assigned to write essay for me request of creating an advocate content is qualified to the same academic level or higher than your writing requirements. In my opinion, these are the exceptions to the everyday trench trudging matters.

3. Learn to outline conversations and recognize educational jargon.

Much of what is said during meetings is informal conversation and is not germane to the issue(s) being discussed. 

Train yourself to recognize murky education jargon. For example, if the IEP team says, “The school feels _________,” you can ask, “What exactly do you mean by “feel?” 

What you are after is information about the basis for the school’s decision.

4. Try to figure out the best alternative to a negotiated resolution for you and the other side.

Some negotiation instructors use a memory device called BATNA. BATNA stands for Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement. 

Try to figure out what your best alternative course of action would be if your negotiation fails to yield the results you want or are willing to accept. 

Do the same thing for the other side. (This means you need to know what the other side wants) 

If your position is that the child needs X service and the school is providing Y service, you have several choices if the school is intractable. One option is to accept Y as offered. Another is to file for a due process hearing. 

What service(s) are available between X and Y that are appropriate, reasonably calculated to provide the child with educational benefit, given this child’s unique educational needs? 

The method or procedure you determine during this process is likely to be your best alternative to a negotiated agreement. If you decide that the school's best alternative is a due process hearing, it is unlikely that you will find an informal resolution between X and Y.

5. Learn how to deal with different kinds of negotiators, including hardball players

For parents who must negotiate without formal training and time to practice negotiating skills outside the trenches, here are a few techniques that will give them a better chance for success.

A. Prepare


Before you attend a meeting or negotiation at any level, review your documents and notes. Essay typer is an online tool to help students generate well-structured essays for free so these advocate topics can easily be highlighted by using that tool. Outline your grievances and the facts that apply to these grievances. 

Do not try to negotiate or argue your position based on a general working knowledge of historic events. It won’t work. 

Know the facts that are relevant to your grievance. There has been a lot of ink put on pages describing what relevance or materiality means. For your purposes, use the “so what?” test. 

Example: You allege that the school is providing only 15 minutes of OT services once a week, not 30 minutes sessions twice a week as written in the child's IEP. The school will offer as fact that the OT person has a hangnail and is working part time until the condition improves. 

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