Positive Reinforcement:
Saying Thank You to Those Who Help

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Circulation: 79,676
ISSN: 1538-320

May 4, 2010

May is a good month to take the time to say thank you to those who helped during the year - a wonderful teacher, a positive counselor, a helpful classroom aide, or a thoughtful bus driver.

There are many people working in the system who help you and your kids. We need to do what we can to give them positive feedback.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find tips for wrapping up this school year, reviewing your child's program and services, and steps you can take to plan for a successful year next fall. Read why and how to say thank you to those who have helped your child succeed.

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Help Prevent Burnout with a "Thank You"

Too often people who work with us hear complaints but not praise. When someone does a good job, let them know. Help keep them energized and prevent them from burning out.

You can create positive parent school relationships in just 2 minutes, by writing a quick "thanks". However, if you have a little more time, Special Needs Educational Advisor, Meredith Warshaw provides advice about how to do more in Preventing Burnout in the People Who Help Us.


Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-8

Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. - Anonymous

Go to Teacher Appreciation Week at Reading Rockets to read "from the heart stories" of how one great teacher can make all the difference. You can send a special e-card or post a note of thanks to your teacher.

videoWatch children's author Patricia Pollaco recall the day that her teacher discovered her dyslexia.


10 Tips for Ending the School Year

Has your child had a great school year? Did she make progress this year? Will she make a major transition next year?

Review your child's IEP and progress. Look at what made this a good year for your child. Add that information to the list of your child’s present levels of performance as you prepare for the next IEP meeting. And don't forget Tip #5: Say "thank you" to those who helped.

Indiana advocate Pat Howey provides 10 Tips for Ending the School Year.


2nd Graders' Tribute to Moms - Happy Mother's Day

Q: What does your mom do in her spare time? A: Moms don't do spare time.

When 2nd graders were asked about their moms, they had some unusual responses. Some are new, some you've heard before, but all will bring a smile to your face.

2nd Graders' Tribute to Moms.


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