Monday, August 11, 2014

A Letter To My New Special Needs Teacher - 15 Things About Me (written by Jene Aviram)

written by Jene Aviram 

The new school year can cause a lot of emotional stress. Parents are filled with hope for a teacher who recognizes the strengths and brings out the best in their child. Children have a new routine, a new teacher and new friends in their class. The following letter is a valuable resource. It will help the teacher understand your child and will ease your child's transition into a new environment.


Hi, my name is ___________________and I am in your class this year. I want you to know a little about me. I’m nervous to be in your class because it’s new and I don’t know what to expect. I need some time to adjust and then I will feel comfortable. Please don’t judge me on my first few weeks. As the time goes by, you will be amazed by the skills you never thought I possessed. I sometimes look like I don’t understand. That’s just because I don’t have the same expressions and reactions as other people. I might not look at you when you talk but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear you. I did. In fact I usually hear more than most people. As I become familiar with your classroom I will begin to shine. A great way to speed up this process is letting me know what to expect. Written or picture schedules for the day reduce my anxiety. A five minute warning before a change of activity can help me greatly too. You are my teacher and I look up to you. I want to succeed this year but I can’t do it without your help and most importantly, your belief in me that I can do it!

1. What is my general disposition?


2. What am I really, really good at?


3. What do I absolutely LOVE doing?


4. What do I absolutely HATE doing?


5. What academics are my strong areas?


6. What academics do I need a lot of extra help with?


7. Which skills would my parents really like me to work on this year?


8. How do you know when I’m getting frustrated?


9. What can you do to calm me down before the storm hits?


10. Too late! The storm hit! What can you do to calm me down?


11. What strategies work really well to get me to do something I don’t want to do?


12. What typically makes me laugh?


13. What consequences back-fire and don’t give the desired results?


14. I don’t like consequences, but which consequences work well for me?


15. I would also like you to know…



By Jene Aviram

This article is property of and copyright © 2003-2010 Jene Aviram of Natural Learning Concepts. 

Reference of this article may only be included in your documentation provided that reference is made to the owner - Jene Aviram and a reference to this site 

Jene is an accomplished author and developer of education materials for children with autism and special needs. She is a co-founder of Natural Learning Concepts, a leading manufacturer for special education materials and autism products. Visit the Natural Learning Concepts website at or call (800) 823-3430

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  1. Brilliant! Thank you for posting this! :-)

  2. Thank you so much. This will be a wonderful way to explain more about my son to his new teachers next year. My son will be joining his new primary school next January, and I've become a nervous wreck thinking of how it would be for him, in a totally new environment with new study structures. Your blog has been very helpful to parents in tiny countries across the world (Maldives), such as myself. You have a wonderful son. :-)



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