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

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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.
A LETTER TO MY TEACHER – FIFTEEN THINGS ABOUT ME
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?
______________________________________________________________________

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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…
___________________________________________________________________________
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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 http://www.nlconcepts.com 
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 http://www.nlconcepts.com or call (800) 823-3430

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3 People Replies to “A Letter To My New Special Needs Teacher – 15 Things About Me (written by Jene Aviram)”

  1. Anonymous

    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. 🙂

  2. Brilliant! Thank you for posting this! 🙂

  3. This letter is a great idea!