2. Please learn about our children and their special needs
3. Accept that your teaching style may have to change
4. Keep special needs parents informed
Tell us about any non-academic issues. If a child stops eating lunch for several days, let the parents know so they can find the reason. Don’t wait until an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or parent/teacher meeting to tell us your concerns.
5. Let us communicate easily with you
6. Accept that special needs parents are the experts
Since our children’s diagnoses, we read extensively about their disorders. We network with other parents and keep up to date on any developments. We spend the most time with our children and see them in all kinds of situations. We are the experts on our children. If we give you advice about our children, take it.
7. Recognize that you need to be flexible about our children’s homework
8. Tell us about homework and school announcements
9. Ask us for help
10. Spend time focusing on strengths
11. We appreciate all you do for our children
I originally published this article on Examiner.com.