If you want your child to be a self-advocate for their learning (and their needs in general), don't expect them to have a voice until they really understand how they learn. Your child needs to know they are capable of learning with the right tools and approaches put in front of them. If your child doesn't understand how they learn -- they will not speak up. They will stay quiet, hoping no one will see them because they really don't understand what they need to learn. They may even 'think' they can't learn... and when they feel this way....they will not have a voice to advocate for themselves because they may believe it doesn't matter what is said. I only speak from experience.
So if you want your child to have a voice. If you want them to feel good about themselves and who they are. Then help them 'see' how they learn. Help them understand what fits their learning. Allow them to see progress with their learning, not only through the support of others but how they can learn on their own (yes, independent learning is important).
I can't cover all the details of how to do this in this one blog post. But I want you to know that you can help your child figure out how they learn. You can offer them the supports and tools that fit their learning so they can gain confidence in their learning ability. And once you have that, you have a child with a voice! A child that will confidently say...this is what I need to learn.
And I love when I see this happening!!