& Roles -
|It is vital for all concerned
that parents play an active role in the education of their child. They
know their child best and can explain what difficulties their child has.
They will be a great source of information in helping you to decide how best
to work with the child. They have very many
rights in relation to the type of education provided for the child. They
need to be kept informed and consulted on what is best. If you have any
concerns about a child you should discuss it with the parents first.
Mr and Mrs
Green have called into discuss the progress and needs of their daughter who
has a specific learning difficulty. Mr Green has spent half an hour
demanding extra support and criticising the teaching provision.
|You need to be aware though, of
the difficulties many parents have in relation to their child who has
educational difficulties. They may feel guilty and blame themselves for the
problem; they may be reluctant to accept the fact that the child has a
problem or they may appear as over-anxious because they want the best that
can be done.
You have already discussed the
provision with the SENCO and it has been agreed that the child has been
given adequate support. You have other parents waiting. What are you
going to do?
Helpful Hints for Communicating with
is it like to be a parent of a child with special needs?
a guide for parents and carers.
Perplexed Parent's Guide to SEN (This guide costs £5)
There are a
number of useful downloads on the PCSP website specifically for parents
to help with Learning Support. These include ideas on how parents can
support schools and how they can help in maths and reading. http://www.pcsp.ie/html/ls_worki.php
as Autism Therapists by Mickey
Keenan, Ken Kerr and Karola Dillenburger
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