Daniel’s mother, Nina, raced up to me after kindergarten and shared her concern in-between gasps of air.
“Keri! Our first team meeting is only 2 days away. I’ll be hearing about test results, goals & strategies for Daniel from you plus 3 other professionals. I’m so anxious about it!”
Hearing all of our info and recommendations all at once was going to blow away Nina’s mind.
I could sense the panic in her eyes. She’d never been to a team meeting before with a group of school professionals all focused on Daniel. (Perhaps you’ve experienced this with your child’s team.)
I gave her a big smile and said…
“Nina – you don’t need to worry. We’ll help you create a success map for Daniel
Let’s meet in the playground, where we can sit on a bench while Daniel plays nearby.”
First, I attempted to draw… 5 minutes later, we were outside in the glorious fall weather, and Nina was laughing at my simplistic drawings. I drew a bike with Daniel on it and the map he needed to go to many different places.
- Each place was a long-term goal for Daniel. Of course, he would stop along his way to each of these destinations.
- This meant he had reached a short-term goal. Time to celebrate and take a break!!
- For each trip, Daniel would pack cool items – these are the strategies from the professionals.
- He would need help to ride through obstacles and to pass over challenging terrain – this much-needed help are the classroom accommodations.
Then, came Nina’s turn to chart Daniel’s map…
I passed the pad of paper over to Nina and had her draw a flow chart and title it:
Daniel’s 3- Step Educational Plan
Nina drew several boxes along the top of a page. She then drew two more rows of boxes below each box. At the meeting, Nina would fill in all 3 rows of boxes.
- She would write in where Daniel is at for each skill level, in the top row.
- Inside the middle row boxes would be written where Daniel would reach his first stops or first short-term goals.
- The bottom row would have the final destination for each skill or long-term goal that Daniel would aim for this school year.
Nina was thrilled to know where Daniel was projected to grow with his skills!
I saw the worry leave her eyes and her sparkle came back. And she definitely felt better prepared for her meeting.
A Speech Success map gives you hope to know where your child will grow toward in their speech therapy.
Here’s your take-away…Get your pencil and paper out, have a cup of tea and create your child’s plan (you’re going to feel so much better!)