Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Getting to Know Teachers & Specialists for Children with Special Needs

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Getting to Know Teachers & Specialists for Children with Special Needs

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It is important to communicate regularly with your child's teachers from kindergarten through high school, especially if you are the parent of a child with special needs. Having a good working relationship with the people who work with your child helps make sure that education is a team effort between home and school. It is never too early in the school year to start building a good relationship with your child's teacher and the other professionals who work with your child.

Attend back-to-school-night events whenever possible. These are usually held at the beginning of the school year. They are a good way to get to know your child's teachers, including special education teachers.

Introduce yourself to the teacher. If you can't make contact in person, write a note or send an email asking new school is required to provide services comparable to those your child received at the previous school until the current IEP is adopted or a new one is in place. The IEP meeting will help make sure that your child receives services and will give you the opportunity to meet the specialists who will be working with your child. …

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