Mini-Course: Preparing for School-Entry


3 - Working as Part of a Team

Interacting with the parents

When working with parents, establish a tone of mutual respect, work hard to build trust, and emphasize realistic expectations for the child.

Parents can discuss their beliefs about their child's strengths and challenges, but they may not be completely objective.
After the first meeting, establish an effective and easy method to communicate with the parents.

Consider in-person meetings, emails, or phone calls to keep in touch with the parents, or establish a communication journal that you can all write notes in and send back and forth.

Whatever method you choose, be sure to keep talking during the school year. Occasionally, ask if your communication with the family is frequent enough and clearly delivered. Make adjustments as needed.

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