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Communication between Parents and Teachers of Autistic Children (page 2)

Communication between Parents and Teachers of Autistic Children

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Updated on Dec 23, 2009

Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. and consultant to parents and school professionals, offers the following do’s and don’ts for teachers:

  • Do make sure you communicate at least one positive for every negative – Positive: Johnny is able to tell us when he wants to go to the bathroom. Negative – Johnny is unable to identify the Boys’ sign.
  • Don’t make parents feel it is their responsibility to “fix” problems that are happening at school.
  • Do respond to communication from parents promptly, especially if you expect them to do the same.
  • Don’t write only when you want to vent or tell the parent about problems.
  • Do ask parents what type of communication system (notebook, email, phone call, etc.) would work best for them.
  • Don’t give up if parents don’t communicate back to you consistently.  Keep sharing your observations and requests, and encourage them to do the same.

Communication between parents and teachers is necessary for a child’s educational growth. When the child is autistic, communication becomes crucial. It may not always be possible to do this in a way that is satisfactory to everyone concerned, but with some effort, improvements can be made that will not only benefit the child, but the adults as well.  

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