Lynette’s journey with FACT Oregon began in 2016 when she was advised that her son’s placement was going to change. Without a clear transition plan in place, Lynette worried that her son wouldn’t be successful. She called FACT Oregon’s support line and was connected to Family Support Specialist, Whitnie Trost.
What Whitnie provided, according to Lynette, was compassion, patience, and quality information. She shared ways to effectively present parental input and helped Lynette better understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and her role in it. With every small step forward, Whitnie was there with validation, helping Lynette feel more confident in her advocacy.
For her part, Lynette made strides in articulating supports her son needed to make a smooth transition, including visual routines, reminders, small group work, extra breaks, and noise sensitivity accommodations. When the district went ahead with the placement change without these supports, Lynette’s son’s anxiety and behavior escalated, just as Lynette had predicted. Turned out she knew something about her son!
According to Whitnie, Lynette rose to each occasion to advocate for her son. She was an avid learner, digesting the resources Whitnie sent and asking clarifying questions. Working with Whitnie, Lynette was able to secure a flexible start time to accommodate her son’s morning routine anxiety and medical management. She also successfully pushed for his school day to be lengthened. When the family’s housing situation forced yet another transition for her son, Lynette advocated to get the new school team to follow agreements already reached. And finally, she got the functional behavior assessment and plan that she’d spent months trying to secure. Today, her son is more stable, less anxious, and receiving increased instruction time. That’s a hard-won victory that Lynette, Whitnie, and everyone at FACT Oregon holds with pride and gratitude.
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