Identify your concerns and talk to the teacher

If you feel that your child is struggling in school, the first step is to figure out what your concerns are, and then talk to the right people at the school. 

Image of parent character Paula beside a thought bubble with the text ' Developmental concerns? (doesn't have the same skills as other kids thir age), Social and communication issues, Emotioanl or behavioral issues?'

Here's what you can do:

1. Identify your areas of concern.
What aspects of the school day is your child having trouble with?

2. Talk to your child's teacher or principal about your concerns.


Image of a parent and child talking to a teacher  Image of a checklist

It may help to observe your child in the classroom, then meet with the teacher. Sometimes simple changes in the daily routine, classroom set-up, or the teacher's approach can make a difference. The school may try these first to see if they work.

4. If these changes do not help, then you should get a referral for an evaluation. We'll tell you more.

When you ask for a referral, it's a good idea to put it in writing and save a copy.

Keep records of all your communications with the school! Image of a Binder

  • Include emails, letters, phone calls, even conversations
  • Make sure there's a date
  • This can prove what you have asked for, and when
  • It may help later on if you have to stick up for your rights

Source: Federation for Children with Special Needs