For the special education student, frequent communication between parents and teachers is critical to continued success in school. Communication can answer important questions, solve critical problems, and smooth over confusion. Parents should find ways to communicate with teachers, assistants, and tutors who work with their children frequently, such as by using parent/teacher meetings or communication sheets that travel to and from school each day. However, a major concern for some parents is how often they should be communicating with teachers. After all, they do not want to frustrate teachers or create tense learning environments for their children. If you are wondering how much is too much communication, read on for some smart communication techniques.
Communication off to a Great Start at the Beginning of the School Year
Ideally, you have already had a sit-down meeting with your child’s teacher before the school year even started. However, if you have not had time to do this or you just did not know that it would be a smart move, it is still plenty early in the year to get this task completed now. A quick half-hour discussion should be all that it takes to tell the teacher about any concerns you have about your child, any items that really help your child focus and any food or activities that your child needs to avoid.
Ask the Teacher for Her Preferences
During your first meeting with the teacher, ask her what she would prefer for regular communication. Depending on the teacher, you may need to meet monthly, develop a daily communication log, or send emails through the school’s chat board.
Keep Communications as Brief yet Valuable as Possible
Clearly, teachers are busy and are working with numerous students every day. While longer conversations are sometimes needed, try to keep daily or weekly communication to the point so that you are not stealing her from her other responsibilities.