Monday, May 31, 2010

5 Tips for Working With Parents of Children With Special Needs

1. Meet with parents at the beginning of the school year.

Parents are a valuable resource. They can let you know what issues may come up and how you can handle them.

2. Make parents feel part of the team.

Parents know their child best. Convey to them at the beginning of the year that you value their input and you want them to be involved.

3. Maintain open communication (both ways).

If an issue arises, let the parents know as soon as possible so they can help you address it. Be receptive to communication from parents. For example, welcome parents to let you know if a situation at home may affect the child’s behavior or performance in school.

4. Be understanding

Parents don’t intend to be difficult. They may just be anxious. Approach them with sensitivity and understanding.

5. Get to know their child

When a child exhibits certain behaviors, he’s trying to tell you something. Try to learn what his behavior means so you can help him deal with the issue.