You are an Expert
As a parent, you have the deepest and most important understanding of your child.
If your child is struggling with her language, reading, writing, mathematics, or social-emotional development in the classroom, you probably have had experience with these kinds of difficulties since your child has been very young. You know your child’s strengths and weaknesses very well, and you have a very strong understanding of how and when she struggles or succeeds.
You know your child almost instinctively! Your long-term and deep knowledge of your child is a very important piece of the overall picture of her as a learner!
Build Relationships with Teachers
I think that the best first step is to really know each teacher who works with your child and know the work each teacher does with her. A staff member can know your child in any capacity – maybe as a classroom teacher, a speech-language pathologist, a special education teacher, or an occupational therapist.
Make sure you communicate with staff members as often as you can. Find out how your child is doing and how you can help carry over the work being done. You want to be a full and productive part of your child’s learning.
I think that making yourself a part of your child’s decision-making process can be very intimidating. But if you have gotten to know your child’s teachers, you may have developed a level of comfort and trust with one or more of them; a person who shares your values. A person you can trust – with insights into your child – is an invaluable ally to have. This may be the first person (or people) with whom you can share your insights and understandings about your child.
You need to be a full part of the teaching decisions made for your child because of your expertise as a parent and your experience with your child as a learner. This is best for your child!
Please feel free to add a comment, ask a question, or offer me feedback. I welcome your input and will be pleased to respond. If you have any questions about our website, please contact me directly at Linguistic Foundations.
And if you think you may want to have your child evaluated through us, I can speak with you, as well.