Complimentary Booklet Provides Ten Tips For A Successful Academic Year
NEW YORK, NY / CRWEPRESSRELEASE / August 18, 2015 /During the back-to-school season, parents of special needs children are often overwhelmed with the challenges of educating their child. Many feel that navigating the special education system and advocating for their son or daughter is a full-time job in itself. The responsibilities and tasks can seem never-ending at times.
“This booklet provides proven techniques to help parents, not only survive and manage the school year, but look forward to a productive academic term with less stress, more enjoyment and better results for everyone,” said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. The guide is available at no cost, by downloading it, at www.yourautismcoach.com.
Parents can apply these tips from Having A Great School Year With Your Special Needs Child:
- Get involved. One of the smartest and most effective things you can do for your child’s education is to simply be part of it. Get to know teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and administrative personnel early in the year. The teaching staff can offer advice on appropriate academic activities and lesson plans for your child. Therapists may help you develop some easy and practical activities you can do at home that will reinforce their work. If possible, attend school events, workshops and network with other parents.
- Form a winning partnership. Your child’s educators will be more helpful and involved when you come forward as an engaged partner. Tell and show them you want to collaborate. Be open, honest and approachable and they will be the same. Discuss best practices for communicating on a regular basis and building a successful team. Set realistic goals based on your child’s abilities and needs. Meet periodically throughout the year to stay on top of everything.
- Know your rights. Your child is entitled to a good and appropriate education. If, for any reason, you’re not satisfied with the IEP and other goals set for your child, you can seek to change the situation. Speak with the teaching team, school principal or other administrative staff to resolve these issues.
- Be the head cheerleader. Make sure you celebrate your child’s achievements, no matter how small. Praise your child constantly and tell him/her you’re proud.
- Have fun with your child. Like any child, yours deserves to be a kid – to have some fun, enjoy the experiences of life and just relax sometimes. And you know what? You deserve that too. Don’t spend every waking moment analyzing your child’s behavior or trying to modify it. They get enough of it in school with constant observation and therapy. So have a good time. Do some arts and crafts. Take a day trip to the museum or go see a movie. Remember, every experience can create new learning opportunities.
Your Autism Coach, LLC provides superior coaching services and seminars that address the issues and concerns of parents of special needs children.
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