What You Need to Know About My Child!

Top 10 things you want your child’s teacher to know on the first day of school

The first day of school can be fun, exciting, scary, overwhelming, emotional, awesome,  and exhausting…for everyone involved.  While your child’s teacher is excited to meet her new class, she is also trying to remember information about each child.  It is her legal obligation to follow every IEP in her class, but it will naturally take her a little while to remember which goals go with which child.  You can really set her and your child up for success by creating a one-page document entitled, “All About (insert child’s name)

Be sure to include a photograph of your child on the top of the page.


Here is what “All About __________” should include:


1.   My child is allergic to:

He needs to take the following medications at school:

Be sure these allergies are listed in a legal document at school and that the office/ school nurse is aware of them.  Also, be sure to fill out proper paperwork for medications at school.


2.  Here are some triggers that really set him off:

(Be sure to include sounds, sights, scents, tastes, etc.)


3.  You will know when my child is upset because he:

(What behaviors does he display when he is upset?  Does he talk to himself?  Does he hit his head?)


4.  When he is upset, we usually:

(How do you handle his behavior at home?)


5.  You will know when my child is happy because he:


6.  Here are a few of his favorite things!

(What does he love to play with?  What do his interests include?)


7.  His favorite foods are:


8.  Some of my child’s sensory behaviors include:

(Does he rock, walk on his tippy toes, clap when he gets excited, chew on his shirt, squeeze his leg, etc.?)


9.  Here are some sensory activities that make him really happy:

(Does he love jumping on a trampoline, bouncing on an exercise ball, pacing back and forth, climbing under bean bags, listening to music, etc?  Try to think of activities that he participates in at home that will carry over well into a classroom environment)


10. These are the things that I would greatly appreciate getting updates on:

I realize that you have a very busy day and it is challenging to remember everything that goes on with your students.  I don’t need to know about all of the meltdowns that my child has, unless he is causing harm to himself or others, or you need my support.  I hope you will try to focus on his strengths and tell me about his accomplishments often.


Final note: As you get to know my child, I would love to know what successful strategies and techniques you are using at school so I can carry them over into our home.  I feel that it is very important for us to be on the same page and work together to help my child.  I want to support you in every way, so please let me know what I can do to assist you

Remember, that your child is feeding off of your energy on his first day back to school.  Stay calm, cool, and collected.  Set him up for success.  Work together with his teacher to ensure that this school year is his best one yet.  Happy first day of school!

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