Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with spina bifida 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. Please be mindful of things in your classroom or school that present mobility problems for my child. Remove or rearrange anything that might keep her from getting around safely and easily.
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 him for it.
3. It's okay to let my child's classmates know about her condition as long as it is done in an appropriate way; I'd be happy to help prepare a program.
4. My child has a serious health condition, but he is still a child with ordinary interests and hopes and dreams. Please help us keep his life as normal as possible.
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
Quick Reference Sheet for Educators of Individuals with Spina Bifida (pdf)
Source: Spina Bifida Association
Spina Bifida Fact Sheet (pdf)
What the Teacher Needs to Know: Spina Bifida
Source: British Columbia Ministry of Education
Source: University of Illionois Extension
Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Spina Bifida (pdf)
Source: Kaiser Permanente