SLD: REALISTIC PARENT EXPECTATIONS FOR THEIR CHILD

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Jess:  Hi,
I would like advice on how to have critical conversations with parents regarding realistic expectations for their child’s future. For instance, I work with several parents whose children have a specific learning disability or an intellectual disability, and they continuously ask when their children will catch up to typically developing peers. How do you recommend that special educators, specialists and school psychologists and administrators facilitate these discussions?

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Janet

Thats what they tried to tell me about my son with LD. Parents know best. My son is 2e. They did not think he could learn to read or succeed. You got to listen as much as you talk.

Morning

Realistic expectations begin with a transparent working relationship and collaboration between parents and teachers from the onset. One administrator misguided me to a point that it negatively impacted my child progress. Collaboration occurred on my part as frontline teachers respected my role. I was willing to trust them BUT I did my own research, provided input and resources to the school specifically designed for my child. I researched and understood my child’s deficits and strengths from state resources, advocates and experts. She is headed for college. Conversations begin with respect and trust.

Janet

That is correct. Nicely said. And go you college girl!