By Rebekah Devlin
The start of the school year can be a nervous time for your child, but also for us parents. Will they make friends? Will their teacher understand them? Be sensitive to their needs? Be kind and patient? Will they give them the supports they need to thrive? Can they spot the signs of dysregulation before a meltdown hits?
Knowledge as they say, is power. You are the expert on your child, and most teachers are only too happy to download all that insight into what makes your child tick and what strategies work, and what don’t.
Association for Children with a Disability has created this handy guide to creating your own “All About Me” resource for your child, setting them up for the best possible year at school.
Creating an All About Me student profile not only helps your child’s teacher, but is a handy reference for other staff who support them, such a PE teachers, librarians, health staff and coaches, and is an invaluable easy-read resource for relief teachers.
This is a basic template to help get you started. There are many examples online with different ideas for how to make it reflect your child’s personality and interests. Whatever style you choose, try to keep it easy to update each year.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATES HERE:
This information is reproduced with permission from the Association for Children with Disability (ACD) who’ve been advocating for children with disability for more than 40 years. Visit www.acd.org.au