Well summer is ending and tomorrow I head back to school for the new school year! Of course I am sad to see summer vacation end but I always get filled with anticipation for what a new school year holds. I know I will be working with several new teachers in our autism specific preschool classrooms so one of my first goals for the year is to establish good collaborative relationships with them.
If you have a child who will be receiving speech therapy this year here are a few tips to get the school year off to a good start:
- Contact your child’s teacher and ask them for contact info for the speech pathologist (SLP).
- After a few weeks of school, contact the SLP. Ask he/she what your child’s schedule is for speech therapy and what is the easiest way to contact him/her. I much prefer email but that may differ from SLP to SLP.
- Pull out your child’s IEP and look over the goals. Make sure that they are still appropriate for your child. Many children make great developmental jumps over the summer break so they may have surpassed their goals.
- If you feel changes need to be made to the IEP, contact your child’s teacher or SLP to schedule an IEP.
Have a great start to the new school year!