The most recent Blogs at Linguistic Foundations have been related to developing a strong relationship between a Family and Teachers. As a parent, you know your child from a perspective that your child’s teachers don’t have. Your input paints a full picture of your child – teachers need to know this information. Teachers need to keep parents informed on the types of teaching strategies they are using and how a child is progressing. This way, parents can carry over these strategies at home. It definitely needs to be a Team Approach!
Both Parents and Teachers should be communicating on a regular basis when a child is struggling. Parent-teacher meetings and a Student Support Team-child study group (mentioned in the January 8th Blog) are necessary ways to keep updated.
Hopefully a struggling child has had a chance to be exposed in the classroom to differentiated teaching strategies – which are geared to her particular strengths and weaknesses. If these strategies in the classroom are not making a difference, then a Special Education referral may be an option to consider.
The Special Education process is clearly set up. In Massachusetts, there are both state and national guidelines as to how it should work to help your child. The process is set up to help your child, but it can be complicated – for Parents and Teachers alike!
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education can really help clarify this important process and prepare you to participate fully! The Guide was published together by the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) and the Massachusetts Department Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education explains in user-friendly language how the Special Education Process works. It can help to provide Parents with the understanding of all the steps involved and can even be a reminder for Teachers.
Please access this guide in the PDF file included here.
I welcome your feedback to this Blog and any other entries. If you have any questions, please contact Linguistic Foundations. Additionally, we can speak directly with concerns you may have about your child’s language and literacy skills. Thank you very much!