Friday, August 3, 2012

Flashback Friday: Teachers need to know!

It’s August! Have you thought about your kids going back to school yet? Have you starting shopping for school supplies?

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I had the opportunity to speak about autism with some college students studying education. We got into a nice discussion about how parents communicate with teachers. What was reaffirmed to me that evening is the absolute importance of parents communicating with teachers. It’s critical.

You are the expert!
Let me repeat that. YOU. are. the. EXPERT.

I mean it!
Your child may be surrounded by therapeutic and education experts in the school environment, but you are the expert when it comes to your child.

Use your voice. What you share about your child can better equip the teaching team to be successful in working with your child.
One of the best ways to start off the school year is to write a letter of introduction about your child. I do this every single year for both of my boys. It’s an excellent practice to get into, and I guarantee the teachers appreciate it.

Take some time and think about your child – their strengths, triggers, calming strategies, etc., and then write it up in an email or a letter to their teacher, or drop it off in person at the school. By having this information ahead of when the students arrive, the teacher will have time to review the information as they plan their classroom for the fall. 
Check out the post I wrote about this last year and get started on your child's letter of introduction. It's definitely worth the time to put it all together!

9 comments:

Jim Reeve said...

Hi there. I'd just like to start by mentioning that I'm a first time reader/visitor to your blog.

ANd I know how back to school can be. I have an 8 year old son with Asperger's syndrome. I am lucky that because of his personality, that every staff member at his school knows him by name. So they know what they're getting into. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. Have a good weekend.

Sarah said...

You must have read my mind today! I have been working on James' back to school letter for the teacher and one that will also go to the families this year. I have always gotten great responses from the teachers when I use this method. Another thing I do is to make an appointment to get into the classroom before the first day of school so James can find his desk, look at what is on the walls, find his safe spot for when he has a need to regroup. Works like a charm. We go back to school in 10 days! I am ready and so is James!!

Tammy said...

I'm lucky. My son attends a school for disabled children only. Everyone knows him. I also get to sit down with his teacher at the beginning of the school year and go over everything with her.

Shell said...

My middle son will have the same teacher again this year and I am so relieved to not have to go throw that getting to know you period again.

Melissa said...

Hi! I found your blog today, by google searching 'letter to introduce an autistic child'. My teen daughter is going back to school this year after an eight year stint of homeschooling. I really appreciated such a well explained letter, it helped so much!

Jennifer said...

My Aspie is headed to a new school, so new they don't have the final occupany permit yet. We've been driving past every week this summer watching the construction progress. T. Last week we peered in each window, checking it against the floor plan. Today we got to see the front hall. So much anxiety.

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