Transitioning into a new school year takes time. School professionals are getting to know each individual child. Teachers are assessing and gathering information to ensure a well-structured and accommodating environment in which students can succeed. Other educational professionals, including neuropsychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, SEIT agencies, and/or learning specialists, will tell you that September and October are their slowest months. These experts are usually called upon after the assessments are complete and more information, guidance, and support are needed. Parents want to become more comfortable with their child’s teachers and figure out the routines that will support their children at home. At this point, children have had time to settle into their new routines, adapt to their new environment, and get to know their teachers and peers. This is the time when educators are working on creating a solid foundation to meet each child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.
“Difference is not a disease, but too much difference equals a learning problem. Children with learning problems need our help.”
If there are significant differences, problems integrating, difficulties with understanding what is going on at school, the time to act is now! As Dr. Jane Healy said in her new book Different Learners, “Difference is not a disease, but too much difference equals a learning problem. Children with learning problems need our help.” As a parent, you need to take action and there are ways to help your child. It is important that as a parent, you advocate for your child and provide your child with appropriate support needed in this critical period of their life. Your child’s learning and development from ages 0 to 5 can determine 85% of his or her composition and well being later on in life.