Children with special needs and teachers - FamilyEducation
Children with special needs and teachers
09/19/2008 at 11:02 AM


My name is Emily and I am majoring in Elementary Education.  I am taking a class about students with special needs.  As part of our assignment I needed to post on an online message board and get feedback with a parent whose child has special needs.  I was hoping someone could help me discuss with my class the collaboration between the family and teachers.  Have you found the teachers to be very helpful in assisting your child's education?  What are some ways teachers have been able to help the most?

Thank you!!!


my daughter is 11 and has adhd/learning delays. She spends part of her time is a self-contained 5th grade class, although less than last year. positives - great strides in reading, socialization, and has enough help in the classroom for some 'one on one". negative - math. learning 5th grade math and can't multiply/divide. i believe our children would be better served to know the basics. that will serve them in life - not quotents. Hope this is helpful!

I think the best teacher I ever encountered was one who accepted my son without reservation. She didn't treat him differently but at the same time she took his problem into consideration. Especially socially. My son has Autism. Socially he's years younger than his age group. The teacher is aware of that and makes it easier for him by keeping him away from the bullies. He sometimes sits by himself so the other students don't get distracted by him.

Emily, I can tell you as a teacher that the best ways to help families of children with special needs are to communicate with the parents on a regular basis regarding their child's progress, relay positive information about their child to them (no one wants to always hear negative comments),and act in the best interest of the child. Parents need to know that their child, special needs or not, is important and will have the same opportunities that other children have. They need to know that you, as a teacher, have high expectations for their child and have a genuine interest in helping their child to be successful. Also, try your best to build the child's confidence when learning new skills. You can be sure that as the child gains assurance in his/her skills, that the parents will take notice of the positive difference you are making in their child's life. If you need more resources regarding special needs, take a look at It is a great resource for special needs families.

Hi Emily, I found that w/ my son's teachers, communication is very important. I understand that it's difficult for the teachers and therapists to communicate every day, but they are available when you do need to talk. Last yr, I communicated w/ my son's teacher through a communication notebook. This was easiest since the teacher cldn't always get a free moment to talk in person. This yr, we use a notebook, but our communication is limited b/c of the highly academic workday. Therefore, I decided to allow my son time to progress, then before his next IEP meeting, set up a parent/teacher conference to discuss any concerns or questions I may have. If the teacher has any concerns of her own, however, I know she will contact me to discuss the issue right away. Of course, though, if I feel something needs to be said, I say it. I've learned to speak up and advocate for my child every chance I get. By doing this, I find I get better results. Feeling comfortable with the school, and knowing that my son is in good hands, certainly makes the situation that much easier too. I hope this helps. Best wishes w/ your class.