As a new school year approaches, there are many ways to avoid the stress of embarking on a new year with your dyslexic child. A new year can be scary but if you follow these tips, shared by Kate Sistrunk, M.Ed, CALT, of Mississippi Dyslexia Centers, it can be much less stressful.
First, set up a binder with all of your child’s paperwork. This should include Individual Educational Plans, diagnosis, report cards, emails, communication log, accommodations, and any notes from therapists or outside therapy your child might have been receiving. Share this information early with the school and the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher should know the needs of your child and be familiar with the contents of this binder.
Next, ask the counselor and classroom teacher the best way to communicate with them. Communication is the key to your child’s success. Make sure that the teacher is willing to accommodate for the needs of your child and remember that they want what’s best for your child as well. Never speak ill of the classroom teacher in front of your child as this could make your child lose respect for the teacher and not want to try their best.
Finally, once school begins establish before and after school routines and clearly map out what needs to be done during these times. Begin rehearsing this routine a few weeks before the first day of school so that you and your child are comfortable with it.
Stay involved as a parent, get your child excited about the upcoming school year, and don’t wait until your child is failing to communicate with the teacher. A new school year can be an exciting new chapter for you and your child!
Mississippi Dyslexia Centers are located in Hattiesburg, Jackson, Madison, and Greenwood. For more information visit www.msdyslexiacenter.com or call 601-982-7827.