Having a strong, collaborative relationship with your child’s teacher or therapist is essential. The better relationship you have with your child’s teacher or therapist, the more your child is positively impacted. Yet, this process often takes time to develop.
Personally, I’ve experienced the best collaboration with parents when communication is ongoing. To have ongoing communication, find out how the therapist or teacher tends to communicate (emails, phone calls, newsletters, etc.) and share your preferred method of communication (email, phone calls, newsletters, etc.).
I’d also recommend sharing how often you need communication (once a week, each day, when a teacher has a concern, etc.). I’ve also experienced the most success when the parent communicates to the same level they prefer the teacher or therapist to. For example, if you want daily communication from your child’s teacher or therapist, it’s often helpful to provide them with daily communication as well.
Often by establishing the mode of communication, along with the frequency, you should experience a stronger, more collaborative relationship with the educators in your child’s life.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist