Earlier this week, I wrote about gathering up some special-needs school supplies to help your child succeed in the classroom. But one of the most important elements of classroom success is something you have far less control over than the size of a binder or the grip on a pencil. It's the attitude of your child's classroom teacher, and the knowledge that individual brings to working with your unique and challenged child. Fortunately, although you can't pick the perfect teacher from a catalog and stuff him or her in your kid's backpack, you can put together a teacher information packet filled with information about what works for your child and an overview of your child's disability. And, like those special-order supplies, the time to start thinking about assembling that packet is now, when you have time to make copies and put together a thoughtful presentation that a teacher is going to want to read. A super-cute photo of your child in happy summer mode isn't a bad addition either. Read more about putting together a packet, see how one parent wrote an introductory letter, and browse through diagnosis-specific school information pages. Consider it your homework for this summertime week.
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