Sending your young child off to kindergarten or elementary school can be difficult as you know that she will be away from you and spending more time with her peers and teachers. If your child has special needs, this can feel even harder as you know that new teachers will not know all of your child’s cues or mannerisms. This can make it difficult for your child and teacher to communicate with each other, and it can leave you in great fear over how your child will respond. However, you can make things easier on yourself, your child, and school staff by keeping a communication log.
In some schools, special education teachers keep daily communication logs, which they may share with you. Often, they will send these logs home in each child’s daily folder. This will allow you to see what your child has learned in school, any new progress she has made and any concerns the teacher may have. You, in turn, can communicate back to the teacher by writing down new skills your child has learned at home and any concerns or questions you may have. Keeping this type of communication log is perhaps the simplest way to stay on the same page with your child’s special education teacher and to lay to rest any fears that you may have.
However, many school districts and teachers do not practice this daily technique. Instead, it will be up to you to communicate regularly with the teacher, sharing any concerns you may have and asking the teacher for a progress update on your child. If you have a particularly difficult time scheduling a meeting with the teacher and are concerned that your child is not progressing in school, you may want to request an additional IEP meeting to discuss school year goals. You are allowed to do this at any point during the school year.