In my job as a speech-language pathologist – I see a lot of freaked out parents.
Why are they freaked out? Well – they get anxious when they receive a long document of goals and strategies from their child’s team. Teacher - educational coordinator – speech-language pathologist – occupational therapist – behavioural consultant – psychologist -…
To help them not feel so freaked out – I like to get people drawing.
A Success Plan for their Child.
- Draw 3 rows of boxes;
- Write in where your child is at now for each skill level, in the top row. These are all of the skills your child shall work on.
- Inside the middle row boxes, write where your child will reach their first stops or first short-term goals.
- The bottom row will have the final destination for each skill or long-term goal that your child will aim for this school year.
Nina was one of the many parents who loved this idea
- She drew backpacks between the first 2 rows of boxes. -Nina wrote in her son, Daniel’s strategies in these backpacks.
These strategies are what the team members work on and what she would practice at home with Daniel.
- There was only one thing left for Nina to draw – tablets
– Daniel’s teacher loved his classroom supply of tablets so these tablets would be the accommodations he’d use to help Daniel reach his goals or destinations in class.
Nina understood her son’s plan would change and grow throughout the school year, but she had a good idea of the goals, aka “places” that the whole team, including Daniel was striving for.
Nina took a deep breath and said… “Keri – thank you for this! I feel empowered with this plan that shows where Daniel begins with his skills, his first successes and his predicted accomplishments.
Plus, he gets to pack lots of cool things that will make it fun for all of us to work on and practice together. His teacher will have lots of helpful teaching “tricks” to make it easier for Daniel to reach and maybe even surpass his goals.”
I smiled back at Nina! We’d drawn a basic plan that filled her with much needed hope for her son’s growth. She felt relieved and I was happy. (as who wants to feel freaked out?)
Here’s your take away… Draft a chart for your child’s plan for you and your child’s team members to fill in during your next team meeting. 15 minutes of doodling is going to make you feel so much better!