I used to find it so stressful speaking to my little girls teachers about her dyslexia. During school drop-off I would try to grab them for a chat. The teachers would be surrounded by children, parents all wanting their attention too. It was chaotic!
When I finally got chance to speak the teachers I would get myself in a muddle. It felt like the teachers did not listen and I did not get the dyslexia help my little girl needed. I realised that maybe it was not that the teachers did not listen, that may it was the way I was asking for help. That maybe I needed to be clearer about what help we needed and why my little girl needed this help.
Talk to School Card
The Mooki Cards contain a “Talk to School” card. To help you, get help for the dyslexic child. Learning to speak so teachers understand. Use the card below on your phone or tablet for free!
Being able to communicate what you need and to get the right help is a skill. Using non-violent communication methods, can help all parties involved in the discussion.
Non-violent communication is about talking and working through a problem. Resulting in a solution that both parties are happy with.
This can be done by being clear, showing empathy and working together for the best outcome. By sticking to the facts, talking about your feelings, saying what you need. Listening to the other persons ideas and coming to a joint solution.
Organise a Meeting: Speak to the child's teacher when it is quiet and you won't be interrupted. Ask to organise a meeting, request that people who can help attend. Such as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
Say What You Need: Teachers when you ask for help can use lots of educational jargon. You can go away feeling more confused, without the extra help you need. To keep it simple, ask for a "Learning Plan" to be written for the child.
Learning Plan: A child does not need to have been formal assessed as being dyslexic, to be given a learning plan. This can be given to any child struggling. Showing clear goals that they will work towards, to help them catch-up.