School Start IEP Musings Special Education Santa Cruz
The start of school
Summer is flying by. School starts in a few weeks for most of us. Some thoughts on being ready for the start of school.
Hope for the best, plan for the worst
When meeting your child’s teacher, assume positive intent. Your child’s teacher went into education and teaching to help students. This is an admirable trait. When Susie’s and Leigh’s children were in school, we offered to help in ways that worked for us (whether supplies, time in the class, or something else). This article assumes that your child’s class has a permanent teacher.
Give them time to adjust
Allow a few weeks into the school year for the teacher to learn about how to work best with your child. Of course this does NOT apply to basic health and safety needs your child might have. Realize that often speech therapist and occupational therapists do not start the first day or even the first week. Services should commence no later than the third week of school.
If your child’s IEP states there will be daily communication and none is coming home, follow up some time during the second week of school. A gentle reminder, perhaps “Is this a good time to start the daily communication log?” may be enough to get things going. We prefer to send those via email as it allows the teacher to answer when they have time, and it gives parents a trail of the request. If you do not receive an answer in 2 to 3 days, then send another email. We typically forward the previous one, asking if “Not sure if you saw this email.” This assumes good intent, and gives the teacher a gentle reminder to get things started.
Sometimes it works, others it does not. We will cover what to do when it does not in a future blog post.
As parents, we understand, As experienced and trained advocates, we can help.
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