|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Choosing a school for children with special needs can be difficult and heartbreaking. There are, however, many options available that may suit your needs and the child's needs perfectly well. You may have to try several options to find the best one for your child's special needs.
While most parents of children with special needs don't look at their local school very often, there are a host of programs available for children with special needs in your local public school. Some of the options include a 504 plan for children with medical needs, special education services including those in the regular classroom, and often the ability to change teachers if one isn't working out for you. There are some downsides though, such as larger classes and less specialized care unless your child has a learning disability.
Magnet schools have all the services of your local school with the ability to choose where your child goes to school. This is generally another free option. There will be students from around the school district. Your child will be able to choose a specialty if they want to, such as math, science or the arts. Magnet schools also offer support for disabled children. There may be a long waiting list to get your child in, as magnet schools often have limited enrollment. Transportation may also be a challenge, depending on where the magnet school is located.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
There are many charter schools that only take children with special needs. Charter schools are public, which means they are generally free. They provide many of the same services as a local school for children with special needs. The nice thing about charter schools is that they have smaller classes so your child will receive more personalized attention. Charter schools also generally have a mission statement of some sort that is clear and focused. You will know if the charter school is right for you by their mission statement and focus. There are some negatives to charter schools, such as they may not receive government funding, which prevents them from meeting the requirements for disabled children. They are also generally run by non-profits, private companies or community groups and may not be well run. They can also be shut down if the students do not meet the standards for learning.
Private school gives you the most control over your child with special needs environment. This is, however, the most expensive option on the list, but there are a lot of benefits to a private school. Class sizes are most often smaller than the local school, which means more personalized attention for your child. They also generally turn out better than average results academic wise. The downside is they are not required to take children with special needs, so you may be hunting down a school for a while. They also aren't required to provide services for children with special needs either. Plus they often have a limited number of openings.
School For Learning And Attention Difficulties
This may be your best option, if there is one near you. Though if the school doesn't pay for it, it can be quite expensive. Teachers at these schools have training on learning and attention difficulties, making them fully capable of teaching your child. Children in these schools may also be more accepting of other students, as all of them have special needs to some degree. The school is generally supportive of all students, despite their unique challenges. However, these private schools have a very restricted environment, and your child's school friends will only be those with challenges and special needs.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|