How to Bring Learning into Your Home
It is important for you to be an involved member of your child's educational team. In fact, you are the most important member of the team. Your involvement allows you to contribute to the development of your child's intervention program and make sure that your child is progressing. Experienced and well-trained staff from the school program should work with you to extend the learning process into your home by:
- Teaching you to implement the same educational approaches that are used in school
For example, your family could find many opportunities to teach imitation skills to your child at home using the same approaches that your child's teachers and therapists do at school.
- Addressing special challenges that you may be having at home, or helping you achieve certain goals that you have for your family
For example, many children with autism have a difficult time sleeping or eating on the same schedule as the rest of the family. Experienced school staff could work with you to come up with effective strategies that you are comfortable with to help you and your family achieve more consistent and relaxing sleeping and eating schedules.
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