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Never underestimate the value of a good letter.

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

Since parent engagement is crucial, and schools will be contacting families soon about their children’s IEPs, why not reach out now to the school about your child. For example, your child may experience stomach aches when anxious. Your teacher won’t know that and may label your child a disruptive student for asking to go to the restroom daily during instruction. Of course this doesn’t apply during remote learning, but it is an example of how a child’s disorder may manifest itself in the classroom and be misinterpreted by a teacher.

ADDitude Magazine has provided sample letters to send to your child’s educators before school starts on “What you wish they knew about your child.” Ask yourself, “What’s not in my child’s IEP, but is just as important?”

You will be starting the year off on a positive note, your letter will be appreciated for the useful “tips” about your child, and hopefully it will open the door to future effective communication.


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