Working with parents and carers
"I feel" cards
Children who are unable or unwilling to verbalise their feelings may find it easier to use cards which indicate their current mood. Here are some cards you can downnload and print out to support communication
Using cards as visual aids to support pupils to articulate or understand schedules, activities and timelines can be very effective. Here are a set of cards which describe various activities that can be used in a variety of ways including timelines or as communciation aids.
Building Communication Skills
Communication is vital to every person. It enables us to express ourselves to say what we like or dislike, how we are feeling, what we need or want, and to form relationships with people and the world around us. Every person can communicate in some way. The key is working with, listening to and observing to find out exactly how the person would like to communicate.
Building social skills
Social skills are crucial for children to succeed in life. These skills enable a child to understand their own emotions and relate to other people and the world around them.
Days of the week cards
Using visual aids to support children's understanding of the schedule and strucutre of the week can be an effective way of supporting communication and engagement. Use these cards on timelines or as communication cards.n
Individual Behaviour Plan
Behaviour plans are important tools which allow you to create expectations and understandings between pupils, parents and the school. Use this template to start to develop a behaviour plan in collaboration with individuals, their circle of support and school staff.
Maintaining good relationships with parents and carers
Any parent or carer needs to feel listened to and valued. Never forget that they are entrusting you with the most precious thing to them. Having established a good relationship with parents/carers it is, like in any relationship important to put time and effort into maintaining a good relationship.
Transitions action plan template
To support children in transition, whether into school or within school, an agreed plan is an invaluable tool you can use to ease the challenges of change. Download and use this template to support individuals to experience change positively.
Use of language about disability
The words we use matter - they can empower or weaken those who we are talking to and working with. Here are some tips on how to use language to engage and support.
Why working with parents and carers matters
For a pupil to succeed in school, there needs to be a strong relationship and partnership between teachers and parents/carers. This short guide explains some reasons why you need to work to develop this.