It’s back to school week at my house! I look at the beginning of school from the eyes of both teacher and parent and then to add a little twist I also know what it is like to have to advocate for a child with special needs, to educate teachers on inclusive adoption language, and to evaluate reading programs. I feel sorry for the teachers my children get because I have VERY high expectations. OK—I don’t really feel sorry for them. Although I’ve felt like a burden at times I’ve always been aware that I am the primary advocate for all my children and I have enjoyed many wonderful relationships with their teachers over the years.
All kidding aside this time of year can be stressful for adoptive families. Besides just getting to know a new teacher they also often have specific needs that require explanation and guidance in order to be successful in the classroom. Having sat in both the teacher chair and the parent chair over the years I decided to try my hand at a quick guide for parents on talking to their child’s teacher about adoption and special classroom needs. You can download a pdf of the article here. I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your feedback.