Updated Thursday, May 26, 2016Preparation is the key to a successful transition from primary to secondary school for children with special needs. Secondary school is quite different and the changes in structure and routine often cause anxiety in children. Parents can do several things to make the transition easier. Here are four tips: Talk with your children about the transition to secondary school Talk with your children about the move to secondary school. Find out: What they are worried about. What they are looking forward to. Anything they want their new teachers to know about them. Ideas they have to make the transition easier.
Updated Sunday, January 24, 2016Parent teacher meetings are anxiety provoking for many parents. Sometimes it is the first time we meet our children’s teachers. Then there are the added pressures of waiting around, time limits on meetings and not knowing what to ask our children’s teachers. Typically, we ask how our child is doing in the teacher’s class, but when your child has special needs, there is more information you need to know. How to prepare for parent teacher meetings Preparation is key to a successful parent teacher meeting. First, ask your children questions about school such as: How do they think school is going? What do they like the […]
Updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016Three-year-old Cameron Thomas had his whole life to live. He also had autism. We do not know whether he wandered before, but yesterday evening he did and it was deadly. Cameron’s parents reported him missing around 6.15 pm. His godmother appealed for help finding the “beautiful blond haired, blue eyed baby.” So many people answered her appeal that officials asked some to go home. Hours later searchers found Cameron’s body in a marsh near his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. His parents’ pain is unimaginable. Autism and Wandering – Facts Although there are still a lot of mysteries about autism, we know some facts about autism and wandering. […]
Updated Thursday, October 8, 2015As children settle into their back to school routines, parents often notice that school is not going smoothly for their children. If your child is struggling in school, it is important to investigate this matter quickly. The sooner you identify the problem, the sooner you can take steps to eliminate it or get your child the support she needs. First, speak with your child. Ask her how she thinks things are going with her schoolwork. Then, speak with your child’s teacher about her life at school. Use this information to determine whether your child’s problems are academic, emotional or behavioural. If your child’s problems are academic, […]
Updated Wednesday, March 1, 2017 What is an IEP? Individual Education Plans (IEP) identify children’s learning needs, prioritize them and set goals to meet those needs. For example, if social skills are a problem for a child, part of her IEP should include specific goals to improve those skills. If a child has difficulty with handwriting, his IEP should include steps to improve his handwriting and/or to teach him touch-typing. An IEP results from a collaborative effort between teachers, school administrators, medical and psychological professionals, parents, students and others. A school administrator or teacher setting goals for a student without this collaborative effort is not an IEP. Parents’ contributions are […]
Updated Thursday, July 7, 2016 As special needs parents, we have a lot of responsibilities. One of these is advocating for our children with special needs. Although medical providers explain our children’s disabilities at the time of their diagnoses, much of this information is lost as we adjust to this new situation. It is important however, for us parents to become experts on our children’s disabilities and special needs because we are responsible for managing our children’s conditions and helping them reach their potential. Here are three reasons parents should become experts on their children’s condition.