Tests can be anxiety-provoking for even the best students, but they can be particularly problematic and even traumatic for special education students who may struggle with test-taking skills and may struggle to understand new information. These tips can help teachers and parents properly prepare their children so that they are in the best frame of mind and are best prepared when the testing day finally arrives. These tips work equally well for typical classroom examinations as they do for standardized testing.
First, parents should be sure not to pressure their children about tests. Some children can shut down or give up altogether if they feel pressured. If it seems as if the parents are worried, students may also decide that they are worried about tests as well. Students should know that tests are important but are not the most important things in life.
Second, parents can help students ensure that they are prepared for upcoming tests. Preparation should be done calmly and over time so that students do not feel overwhelmed. When a test is coming up, parents can create a schedule so that students know what to expect and can also take some responsibility for their grades.
Third, parents can make test preparation times fun. Flashcards and other games can be used to drill information into children. Movement is also good to use for special needs children who may struggle to focus. By keeping it fun, students are bound to feel much less stressed.
One option is to contact a knowledgeable special education attorney from Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law if you feel that your school district is not doing what it should for your child. We specialize in special needs law and have worked with many families and area school districts concerning IEPs and much more. Contact our office today if you have questions or concerns about your child’s education.