As the expert on your child, you as the parent or caregiver have valuable information that needs to be shared with the school community. Who is the school community; these are people that interact with your child during the school day, besides their IEP team, it may include office workers, nurse, playground assistants, aides, teachers, bus drivers, or cafeteria aides you want them to know more about your child in order to assist them during their school day.
This is where a “Student Snapshot” can come in handy. If the only information people have about your child is a special education label, they may make their own assumptions about your child that may be inaccurate. Let’s say your child is on the playground and the aide, keeps calling your child to come in but your child doesn’t respond. The aide may get frustrated with your child, not realizing your child has a hearing impairment.
This is where the “Student Snapshot” is perfect; it’s a simple, quick, concise way for you to share information quickly and accurately without long emails, missed phone calls or relying on others to relay the information. This one page snapshot is more likely to be read and remembered. Click for Student Snapshot
- Keep it simple, like 5 bullets
- Keep it short (one side)
- Bulleted lists are easier to read
- Avoid medical terminology since some people may not understand that important detail (layman’s terms)
- Prioritize – just a few of the most important considerations that all staff should be aware of don’t duplicate the IEP.
- Personalize it – put a photo on it so people can recognize your child
- Decide who will need a copy of the “Snapshot”
- Distribute it at a back to school night event, IEP annual conference and make sure to give a copy if any of these personnel change
How did you introduce your child to their school, teachers, students, etc?