Now that it is October, most families expect their children to be settled in well to the school schedule. They assume that their children will have gotten used to their new teachers, routines, and classmates. However, special education students may need additional resources to keep up with their peers, or they may feel left out, overwhelmed or confused by the new concepts that they are expected to learn. Here are some ways to help children settle in better to the school year and to determine what the real cause of the problem is.
Extracurricular activities can help get a child’s mind off the problems at school. School should not be all that makes a child. Children need to see that even if they do not succeed as well as they would like to in school that they can still be successful in other areas of life. Extracurricular activities give children a chance to make friendships and to work out nervous energy.
Parents who want to see how their children are doing in school firsthand can consider volunteering in their child’s classroom. They will want to make sure that they do not put undue pressure on the child by constantly interacting with them but will instead want to make themselves blend in as well as possible by interacting with other students as well. This will help parents see how their child is being treated and what the classroom culture is.
If parents feel that adjustments need to be made to the IEP based on how their child is learning, they should request another meeting, which can be done at any time throughout the school year. At this meeting, goals on the IEP may need to be adjusted, or new considerations may need to be made for one-on-one tutoring or after-school programs to help the child succeed academically.