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Parents, Families and Child Care

Parent-Teacher Conferences

One of the hardest things teachers have to do is sit down with a parent and deliver bad news. One of the hardest things parents have to do is hear it.  Whether your child seems to be having trouble learning, is thought to have a serious speech delay, has out-of-control behavior, or needs to be referred to a specialist for testing–the news is hard to take.

After you get home and have time to think, you may begin to question what you’ve been told. Teachers understand that the business of growing up is uneven for most children.  They tend to appreciate each child’s individual pace and know it takes a long time to grow and learn.  Teachers are teachers, not medical doctors, speech therapists or psychologists.  They can not and should not diagnose.  Working with children gives them insights, and they are usually accurate.  But even if a teacher’s insight proves to be wrong, understand that the teacher had an obligation to point out a concern to a parent.

The end result can be positive.  If a teacher suggests something is wrong, check it out.  Seek professional guidance and take the steps to correct a potential problem for your child.  Keep in mind, that no matter what you find out, one thing won’t change.  Your child is still the same child you loved before you heard the news–and always will be.

Posted by karen on Friday, October 30, 2009 10:29 AM

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