Special Education With Care
November Parent Newsletter
The November 2019 issue includes:
- What to Expect During Assessments
- Notetaking Strategies
- Ways to Help Your Child Develop Positive Math Attitudes
- ADHD and Reading Comprehension
- Eliminating Distractions in the Learning Environment
What to Expect With Special Education Assessments
After you consent to an assessment via the assessment plan, assessment team members will be contacting you to plan a time to meet to assess your child in the areas that are outlined in the Assessment Plan. Here are some important things to consider about the assessment process:
- Once the AP is consented to, the providers and assessors will be contacting you to assess your child. There will be multiple providers contacting you if there are multiple assessments to be completed.
- Please respond to assessors/providers in a timely manner to ensure the assessments get completed on time.
- Your child's Case Manager/Special Education Teacher will be overseeing the IEP meeting and development process and will be in charge of scheduling any IEP meetings.
- If you have any questions about the process at any time, please contact your child's Case Manager.
6 Ways to Help Kids Develop Positive Math Attitudes
ADHD and Reading Comprehension
- Provide your child with a fidget or material that will help them focus, but not distract them.
- Have your child listen to an audio book or book on tape, paired with following along with the text.
- Build on your child's imagination- get them interested in the text passage.
- Encourage your child to read aloud to maintain attention and improve comprehension skills.
- Have your child discuss what they read about with you.
- Have your child draw what they hear, while you read to them.
- Set a designated learning area in the home that is quiet, positive and comfortable for your child.
- Provide academic based materials to support learning time.
- Use visual schedules and techniques- use a first, then chart to help your child focus on one task before moving to the other.
- Use a timer system to help your child gain structure focus on academics (example: 20 minutes of academics, then a 5 minute break).
- Use barriers such as a board or a divider to help with other household distractions.
- Provide breaks and consider using a token economy or reward system to increase focus.