A parent of a child with a disability can be a challenging experience.  It is normal for you to be frustrated and confused at times, added to that you’re your conversations with your child’s teacher can sometimes complicate things.  An open communication and being respectful to each other can reduce the tension and each one can share their own expertise and knowledge about the child.  By working together during formal and informal evaluation, parents, and teachers can easily best address the child’s educational needs.

  Share observations.

Identify your child’s successes and struggles in school. Discuss meltdowns, triggers, concerns you share with your child’s teacher.

  Identify and discuss the child’s strengths and interests.

Discuss how to enhance your child’s ability to learn? Give examples of strategies that works at home or in school.

  Clarify the instructional program.

If the child is struggling in reading or math, for example, discuss with the teacher how the instructional program or text being used is working for the child. Examine and evaluate accommodations and interventions, such as extra time or individualized instruction.

  Acknowledge emotional reactions to the situation.

Discuss how children who experience frustration because of learning difficulties at school may become so anxious that they give up or turn their energy to acting out. Share strategies that have worked in the classroom and at home to help the child cope.

  Strategize together.

Discuss possible strategies, including those you have tried that were successful and ask about strategies that might work both at school and at home. Establish a plan for ongoing discussion and problem solving.



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