1. Be Educated and Informed
Having a solid understanding of your child’s particular challenges will be important when dealing with teachers and school officials. Do some research. This will help you work with your child’s school to find ways that best support how your child learns. Remember to listen to your “gut” if you don’t feel that things are being handled well in light of your child’s needs. However, there are times when it is prudent to hire a Special Education Advocate who using her/his experience and expertise will “level the playing field” for the parents and child. Assuring that the child’s educational, social and emotional needs are kept front and center with the Planning and Placement Team.
2. Keep a Paper Trail
It’s important to keep all the paperwork you receive regarding your child: report cards, progress reports, evaluations, IEP’s, medical records, homework samples and more. These serve as a handy reference when needed and also help you keep tabs on your child’s progress. Put all paperwork in a folder with your child’s name on it for easy reference.
3. Build Strong Relationships
Get to know the providers that are working with your child: teachers, school psychologists, and speech therapists are just a few of the key people to know well. Having an open line of communication with them will help prevent misunderstandings. Always, confirm all agreements with the school personnel in writing. Again, it is important to have a paper trail.
Here at Behavioral Compass Group, we believe that all children deserve to be treated with respect and their dignity preserved, receiving an appropriate education. In the Special Education arena, we team up with parents to maximize their child’s opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and educationally, reaching their full potential. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 860.470.3649!