ParentsYou and your child, who has a cochlear implant, are preparing for his or her entry into a mainstream classroom and you have questions-lots of them. You may only just be thinking about the school-entry process and planning ahead. Or, your child may already be in a mainstream school and you are searching for additional resources to help you.
If you are at the beginning of the school-entry process, we recommend that you work through the materials according to The Five-Step Plan. The Five-Step Plan contains five manageable steps that will help you navigate from the beginning of the school-entry process through your child's first year in a mainstream classroom. You should begin these steps at least six months prior to your child's entry into a mainstream classroom.
However, if you are already familiar with the school-entry process, or are looking for particular information, you can pick and choose which topic areas are most relevant to your situation from the list below.
- Preparing for School-Entry. This section includes information on how to prepare your child, the school, and yourself for school-entry.
- Challenging Situations. This section includes information on how to work with your child's teacher to solve problems throughout the school year.
- After School-Entry. This section includes information on working with your child's teacher and the school to review and revise strategies as successes and challenges occur throughout the school year.
Throughout some of the mini-courses you will see hyperlinked "information sheets." These information sheets provide supplemental information related to the mini-course topic. Information sheets may be worksheets for you to complete, handouts to give to your child's school or teacher, or just a resource for you to keep.
Additionally, we include an optional quiz at the end of each mini-course. These quizzes test your knowledge of the information provided in the corresponding mini-courses.
Click The Five-Step Plan or a topic area above to get started.