For a Coaches Tool Kit
The following is a form ‘Letter to my teacher from child with special needs.’ And, parents may appreciate the yearly copies updated by the child as a family record of their child’s emotional growth, too.
To My Teacher – 15 Things About Me
First Name *
Hi, my name is _________________________________and I am in your class this year. I want you to know a little about me. I’m nervous to be in your class because it’s new and I don’t know what to expect. I need some time to adjust and then I will feel comfortable.
Please don’t judge me on my first few weeks. As the time goes by, you will be amazed by the skills you never thought I possessed. I sometimes look like I don’t understand. That’s just because I don’t have the same expressions and reactions as other people. I might not look at you when you talk but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear you. I did. In fact I usually hear more than most people.
As I become familiar with your classroom I will begin to shine. A great way to speed up this process is letting me know what to expect. Written or picture schedules for the day reduce my anxiety. A five minute warning before a change of activity can help me greatly too.
You are my teacher and I look up to you. I want to succeed this year but I can’t do it without your help and most importantly, your belief in me that I can do it!
- What is my general disposition?
- What am I really, really good at?
- What do I absolutely LOVE doing?
- What do I absolutely HATE doing?
- What academics are my strong areas?
- What academics do I need a lot of extra help with?
- Which skills would my parents really like me to work on this year?
- How do you know when I’m getting frustrated?
- What can you do to calm me down before the storm hits?
- Too late! The storm hit! What can you do to calm me down?
- What strategies work really well to get me to do something I don’t want to do?
- What typically makes me laugh?
- What consequences back-fire and don’t give the desired results?
- I don’t like consequences, but which consequences work well for me?
- I would also like you to know
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