In which I identify 5 different ways you might feel about your child and schooling, on a continuum from 1) you knew going into school that your child had issues that impact education, and would need to be addressed to 5) you have no worries about potential issues, and the school reports no problems.
It doesn’t matter which of these five spots on the continuum you occupy – the way to work with your child’s teachers is the same, 3 steps to keep in mind that make every interaction with your child’s caregivers easier.
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Where on the continuum do you fit:
– You knew going into school that your child had issues that would need to be addressed, as they impact his or her education
– Your child starts school and you discover, suddenly, “problems”
– You are incredibly worried that something is wrong with your child, and school confirms it
– You are incredibly worried that something is wrong with your child, and school does not confirm it
– You are not worried, and also school reports no problem
With each one (possibly, except the last – if you are in that category, congratulations : ) I’ve got 3 things for you to keep in mind as you work with your child’s teachers:
1) Work to understand the teacher’s perspective, in an unbiased way; it can be easy to slip into “not MY child,” a dangerous attitude if we want a happy and successful child
2) Remember that you are this child’s parent, and decisions about your child’s health rest with you; it is not up to teachers to diagnose any kind of illness or disorder
3) Ultimately know with certainty in your heart that your child isn’t “damaged goods” and work to support your child however he or she needs you to…
Most importantly, it doesn’t matter what diagnosis – if any – your child eventually gets. That doesn’t change the CARE that your child needs now.
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