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Special Needs Children

Special Needs Children

By Dr. June Stride View more articles

Well, you were looking forward to a new school year! Indeed, changes in family life and family schedules can be difficult to handle and not only for you. Your child’s new school/classroom challenges and new routines can be overwhelming to him. Now is the time to make certain that your child knows the classroom operating procedures. If you have a child with special needs, he probably needs some help negotiating the new class, the new teacher and the new expectations.

Here is a simple 'How To' guide to talk about with your favorite student and, if necessary, with the new teacher. Make a point of discussing the different scenarios while trying to discern his understanding of the teacher’s expectation. Work together to complete the phrase. Uncertainty or confusing responses will require contact with the teacher for clarification.

 Student scenario

1 .When I enter class, I should .…

Teacher expectation:

 2. While I wait for the teacher to begin the class, I should/may .…

Teacher expectation:

 3. If I am late to class, I should….

Teacher expectation:

 4. If homework is due, I should ….

Teacher expectation:

(Include where/when/how it should be submitted).

 5. If I have to use the restroom, I should ....

Teacher expectation:

 6. If I have not completed a class assignment or homework, I should ....

Teacher expectation:

 7. If an emergency requires me to leave the classroom, I should ....

Teacher expectation:

 8. My teacher will grade my work on the following ....

Teacher expectation:

9.The place where my homework assignments are posted .…

Teacher expectation:

 10. If I want to hand in a make-up or extra credit work, I should ....

Teacher expectation:

 11. If I am absent for a test, I should .…

Teacher expectation:

 12. If I need extra help, I should .…