• Tips forParents

    Working with Teachers

    Parents play a vital role in their child’s education. They are equal partners in the team that develops their child’s IEP, and they care deeply that their son or daughter learns and grows as a student and as a person. In the course of their child’s educational career, parents may interact with a large number of professionals (e.g., their child’s special education teacher, general education teacher, occupational therapist, and perhaps many different consultants).

    Being able to work effectively with these many professionals, exchanging ideas and concerns, communicating openly about what’s working and what’s not, are important elements in their child’s educational success. This section offers suggestions to parents on how to establish and maintain good working relationships with the professionals involved in their son’s or daughter’s education. These tips were collected from several parents of children of a variety of ages, with a variety of disabilities.

  • TheBasics

    Remember that, as a parent, you know your child best and have a great investment in him or her. You need to diplomatically, but strongly advocate for your child.
  • Ways to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing

    Multi-sensory techniques have been found to be useful for teaching children with visual-perceptual problems, find motor problems, and memory problems often associated with learning disabilities. The following techniques are multi-sensory in that they use visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic stimulation to help children remember and learn more efficiently.

    • Writing in “Sand”

      A sand tray or cookie sheet with about a of cup Cream of Wheat sprinkled over the surface can be used for writing practice. The child’s hand can be guided for proper letter and numeral formation. The child should say each letter or number while writing.

    • Chalkboard Writing

      The teacher can guide the hand as the child writes with chalk or wet sponge on the chalkboard. Saying the letters while writing is very important. It is often wise to have the child write as large as possible. “Painting” letters on the chalkboard with brush and water can also be fun for the child.

    • Finger Paint

      Use shaving cream or finger paints on a smooth formica table top. The child can write letters and numbers and then erase when finished. It is easy to clean up and the child will enjoy writing on the slippery surface.

    • Tracing in Air (Skywriting)

      Ask the child if he can writ letters with large arm movements in the air. The teacher may wish to guide the hand and arm as needed.

    • Blind Writing

      After the child has been guided through several letters, see if he can write the letters with eyes closed. Later this technique can also be used for writing and remembering words.

    • Drawing on Back

      As the child writes and says each letter, draw letters on the child’s back. Later, play a game of identifying the letters that are drawn on the back.

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