Four ways parents can support a child with learning disabilities

2. Collaborate with teachers

Another thing that can be beneficial is getting to know your child’s teachers before the school year begins and then communicating with them throughout the school year.

“Once you know who your child’s teachers will be for the following year, you can write an introductory letter to introduce yourself and your child. This establishes with the new teacher that you’re an active parent and that you care.”

Sharry explains that introducing yourself creates the opportunity to detail what strategies have worked well with your child so far and get across that you look forward to being involved in your child’s education.

“If you’re new to the school, be sure to provide all your child’s medical and academic records, as that’s the ‘go-to’ place for learning support specialists and it is imperative that they can read about your child and the diagnosis,” Sharry explains.

During the school year, she recommends being as active as possible by joining the school’s Facebook page, reading the school’s newsletters, attending parent-teacher interviews and participating in any school or community events.

“All this communicates to both the class teacher and your child that you are serious, involved and in the know,” she says.

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