Some techniques for practicing effective self-advocacy include practicing communication, identifying supporters, meeting with decision-making superiors and developing self awareness. Articulation of known issues or areas that need changing are key to effective self-advocacy.
Self-advocacy is a common theme for children with learning disabilities and underdeveloped comprehension skills. The purpose of teaching children self-advocacy skills is to enable them to explain what they need in order to thrive in a school environment and achieve personal growth. One indicator of a child's ability to advocate for himself can be determined by assessing his goals. A student's goals should be "SMART": specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.