Parent involvement is a very important aspect of every child’s education and is the primary factor in a students’ success in school. There are many ways in which you can participate in your child’s education:
• Communicate high expectations about work ethic and education.
• Demonstrate enthusiasm and participate in their school activities and the educational process.
• Monitor their progress. Encourage and support. Work with the school, teachers, counselor and principal.
• Spend some time every day actively listening without criticism to what the kids have to say.
• Tell them that you love them and hold them accountable for their decisions. Let them know up-front the positive and negative consequences certain behavior will result in.
• Read to them. Have them read to you. This provides time together, reading practice and language background.
• Reinforce learning at home.
• Support them in their activities including homework, sports and dealing with life experiences.
• Provide structure for time spent at home which insures appropriate time for sleep and study.
• Have your child sit down with you and establish a time schedule for study and to get everything ready for school the next day and place it by the door.
• Every day when your child comes home from school, talk with him/her. Ask what he has done for the day.
• Become a member of the Parent/Teacher Club. Volunteering to work in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, and assisting with many activities, are just a few things that you can do to make a difference.
If you’d like to be more involved in your child’s education, we welcome your participation. Please call us at the phone number to the right (above the map) and speak to one of our administrators.
Here are 5 apps to help children and adults with autism develop skills, learn, and interact better with others.
1. ABA Flash Cards, Free
Designed for young children with autism and other learning disabilities, Kindergarden.com has created flash card apps to stimulate learning and provide tools and strategies for creative, effective language building. Different apps include the alphabet, animals, sports, actions, emotions, earth science, famous places, and many more. Each category is a different app with stimulating pictures and a soothing voice to go along with each flash card.
2. iPrompts, $39.99
Developed by the parents of a child with autism, iPrompts provides several useful visual prompting tools to help impaired individuals transition from one activity to the next, understand upcoming events, make choices, and focus on the task at hand. This app is used by parents, special educators and therapists of those with disabilities, including individuals with autism, down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and apraxia of speech. This convenient app allows caregivers to not have to carry around physical cards and pictures, and displays everything on one handy screen.
3. Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook, $1.99
Developed by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech with Milo is a series of apps that help teach children with learning disabilities about verbs, nouns, parts of speech, and now with this app, interactive stories. An original story, this will keep any child interested in this book with interactive features on every page and the ability to record their own story. This app helps build storytelling, boost confidence, and develop narrative skill.
4. Choiceworks, $6.99
Choiceworks is an essential learning tool for helping children complete daily routines, understand and control their feelings, and improve their waiting skills. this app is designed for caregivers to provide clear and consistent support to foster a child’s independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation. Key features include the schedule board, waiting board, feelings board, and image library.
5. NLConcepts Autism: Sort & Categorize, Free
Natural Learning Concepts is a website that is known for producing top quality products for autism, speech and language, and special education. They created this app to help children with learning disabilities differentiate between items, understand their function, and sort items into broader categories.
Alex Cornacchini is an editorial intern with eSchool Media.