As a parent, you are likely more aware of your child’s learning differences than anyone else. As they move through school, he or she will almost certainly be placed in situations in which teachers must rediscover those challenges for themselves. If you’re looking to make headway early on, it’s vital that you learn how to talk to teachers about your child’s learning struggles.
Make Contact Early
One of the best things you can do is to make contact with the teacher early. Teachers are only human, after all, and they build up perceptions of students in their minds as the year goes on. If you can contact your child’s teacher earlier during the semester and let him or her know that your child has a specific learning difficulty, you can set the stage for a cooperative relationship that can be fruitful for all involved.
Don’t Be Vague
It’s vital that you are not vague when discussing learning issues with teachers. Don’t say that your child has trouble with reading – talk about why your child has trouble reading. A teacher can’t do much with vague information and thus won’t be able to help your child if he or she can’t pinpoint what’s wrong. While there are times in which the information will necessarily be vague, giving as much information as possible to the teacher is a great way to get the conversation started.
Make it a Team Effort
Finally, try to make sure that you’re collaborating with the teacher instead of putting everything on his or her shoulders. If you know that your child has a problem completing homework because of something like ADHD, ask the teacher what you can do to help your child keep up with the work. Most teachers are incredibly responsive to those parents who want to put in the work to help their children succeed, so portray yourself as one of them from day one. If you can start a collaborative relationship between yourself, your child, and your child’s teachers, your child will have a much greater chance for scholastic success.