It's that time of year again! Too many parents are going to be posting on FB how their child was NOT included in the holiday celebrations at school this year.
Many parents will not even post about it. They will keep it to themselves and push down the feelings of being excluded.
Here's the real deal - 99.99999% of the time, this does not happen on purpose.
Teachers and special education teams are working hard just to hold it together through the chaos of December in school and organizing the supports needed for ALL students to participate in holiday celebrations gets forgotten.
This doesn't mean it's right. It's just the reality.
Good thing there's an easy solution!
Start the conversation, TODAY, with your child's team on how your child can be part of the school community through holiday celebrations.
Make sure the team knows you aren't asking for your child to be plopped on the end of the choir riser to pretend to sing jingle bells. Let them know you are open to creative solutions that will help your child be their best selves while participating with the school community.
If you need help with getting your child included in holiday programs and other school wide activities - JOIN ME HERE - in the Online IEP Help Center. I can't wait to help you, help your child get the most out of their education!
With Hope & Determination Always,
Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed.
P.S. For all the teachers & teams reading this... we love you. We support you. We want to help you make special education work for ALL children. No parent wants to throw a teacher under the bus for special education not working. Open up the conversation with parents about the holiday celebration (and other school activities). It may be a tough conversation to start, but you'll be so glad you did!
FINAL NOTE: If you're ready to help special needs families navigate the special education system with POSITIVE solutions AND work from home - Grab a seat in the next IEP COACH MENTORSHIP - we are almost sold out!
If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!