So you received an email last night from your child’s teacher?
He or she is feeling stressed and concerned about your child and their challenge with focus and completing assignments in school?
Here are a few emergency tips you can send their way and be the hero.
Ask the teacher to be sure your child is seated away from doors and windows, near to where they are most of the time, and have an independent workspace set up just for them should they choose to need a little time away from the group(but never used as a consequence).
- Allow your child to record verbal instructions to play back as needed.
- Allow your child to listen to music while working independently
- Allow your child to chew gum
- Allow your child to stand while doing work
- Provide a note taking or classwork buddy
- Reduce the amount of required homework
- Give extra time on tests
- Ask that your child be the “errand runner” or “teacher helper” to give them an opportunity for movement
- Allow your child to use the computer instead of writing answers.
- Allow your child to use a “fidget”- silly putty, rubber band, Velcro, etc.
- Follow up with a conference to discuss the possibility of testing and the development of an educational support plan.
This is your child. Take action. Be a hero.