Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with PDD-NOS safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.
Five Things Teachers Need to Know
1. My child needs structure and routine in order to function. Please try to keep his world as predictable as possible.
2. If there will be any sort of change in my child's classroom or routine, please notify me as far in advance as possible so that we can all work together in preparing her for it.
3. Teaching strategies intended for children on the autism spectrum will help my child learn better and make him easier for you to deal with.
4. My child is an individual, not a diagnosis. Please be alert and receptive to the things that make her unique and special.
5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.
Printouts to Share with Teachers
Pervasive Developmental Disorders (pdf)
Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Classrooms That Work
Source: Patient-Centered Guides
Children's Mental Health Disorder Factsheet for the Classroom
Source: Kansas State Department of Education
Integration Of Children With Pervasive Developmental Disorders Into The Preschool Classroom
Source: JaynaGirl Website