Published by The Social Domain • July 17, 2023 • 2 min read

Requesting additional support for your child in the classroom

As a parent, it can be difficult to know how to request additional support for your child in the classroom. Whether they are struggling academically or have additional learning differences, it’s important to advocate for your child’s needs to ensure they are getting the most out of their education. 

Here are some tips for requesting additional support for your child in the classroom:

  1. Start a conversation with your child’s teacher: Before you can request additional support, it’s important to have a conversation with your child’s teacher to better understand their needs. Ask about their academic progress, behavior in the classroom, and any concerns you may have. The teacher may have suggestions for additional resources or support that could be helpful.

2.     Ask About available resources during the meeting, ask the teacher about what resources are available to support your child. This can include additional materials, tutoring sessions, or special education services. Be sure to ask about any eligibility requirements for these services.

  1. Request a meeting with school staff: Once you’ve spoken with your child’s teacher, it may be necessary to request a meeting with other school staff, such as the school counsellor or special education coordinator. Be prepared to discuss your child’s needs and any concerns you may have When requesting this meeting, it’s important to be specific about the type of support you are looking for. Whether your child needs additional tutoring or accommodations for a learning difference, be sure to clearly articulate your child’s needs and explain why you believe additional support is necessary.

4. Request an Evaluation If you think your child may need additional support beyond what is available in the classroom, you can request an evaluation. This evaluation will assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses and determine if they are eligible for special education services.

In conclusion, requesting additional support for your child in the classroom is an important step in ensuring their academic success. It’s essential to communicate with your child’s teacher, ask about available resources and request an evaluation if necessary. It’s also important to work collaboratively with the school to create an individualized plan to support your child’s learning. Remember, there are always options available to help your child reach their fullest potential in the classroom.

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