For great success during the school year, parents and guardians of school-age children must be sure to share certain aspects of their children’s personalities, growth, development, and skills with teachers. Not only will this help children acclimate better to the start of school, but also it will give teachers a chance to create the best learning environments for their students, including special education students.
Speech and Language Skills
Teachers need to know about any speech difficulties that students have. This will help them communicate better with the students and will eliminate frustration for both parties. A speech therapist can help provide parents and teachers with gestures and signs that the child uses to mean certain things. In addition, parents can provide teachers with a list of frequently used words and the sounds that the child uses for these words.
Social skills are quite important in school when special needs children will suddenly be surrounded by many new adults and peers. Teachers should know about any social problems that the child has in order to separate certain children. Moreover, teachers can use this knowledge to provide children with additional support at the beginning of the school year.
A thorough meeting at the beginning of the school year will start a working relationship between parents and teachers who will be intricately involved in the child’s education. Parents should share personality traits as well as strengths and weaknesses with teachers to help them bring out the best in the child. Teachers will be able to use this information to provide positive feedback and reinforcement for the child during school.
While parents most likely want to focus on only the positive aspects of their children, they need to be honest with teachers and therapists who are not familiar with the child so that children can receive the best care. When teachers know what to expect, they can implement the best strategies for educating and providing a wonderful school experience.