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Caregivers/parents must know how to advocate effectively for themselves if they are going to teach their child/young adult self-advocacy skills.
When starting out, it can be helpful to model advocating for yourself and afterwards process/explain how you advocated during the interaction/event. Remember, when advocating, it’s important to figure out the “who, what, when, where, why, and how.” Careful planning with each of those questions while role playing self-advocacy will help when using these skills in public in the future.
Having your child/young adult specifically practice these skills on you, the parent or caregiver, provides a great opportunity for them to increase their confidence in their self-advocacy skills. Giving positive and helpful feedback to their self-advocating attempts is both validating and can help improve their self-esteem.
In all cases, process the event/interaction afterwards and ask them how they thought they did. This is a good time to express how you thought they did, reviewing what was done well and what also needs more practice.
Role play, practice, and repeat the self-advocacy skills in a variety of different settings/situations.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.