Your child’s classroom teachers provide you with critical feedback. Over the course of the school year, they are your primary source of information about their academic, social and emotional progress. At times, your child’s teacher may give critical feedback or provide guidance that might be difficult for you to understand and digest. They might say, for example, “Your child has difficulty sitting still,” or “Your child does not seem to have an interest in other children,” or “They don’t follow my instructions well.” As a parent, it’s very hard to know what to do with this information, especially when the behaviors reported are not in line with the ones you observe at home. You may leave your parent/teacher conference with more questions than answers. “How big a problem is this?”, “Why is my child acting like this?”, “Is my child’s behavior really that different from their classmates?”, “Maybe this is really more the teacher’s issue than my child’s?”
Because your child’s teacher has many other children to focus on and numerous activities to accomplish during a typical class day, they may not be able to answer your questions adequately. You may be better served by asking an experienced practitioner to observe your child at school to provide a more neutral, comprehensive picture of your child’s social and emotional development.
How it works:
We come into the classroom to observe your child’s behavior, not only to determine if it fits into the realm of “typical,” but to verify and shed some light on the challenges your child’s been experiencing. We sit inconspicuously in the rear of the classroom where we observe your child during a typical class day.
We are looking to understand your child in the context of their environment. Is the classroom relaxed? quiet? structured? chaotic? What is the rate of the instruction? Where is your child seated in relation to their teacher? We are looking to see how your child negotiates their world at school. Afterward, we analyze our data and then prepare a thorough report detailing what we have observed as well as recommendations for mitigating challenges at school and at home. This report not only helps you as a parent, it gives teachers a better understanding of your child and how best to interact with them.
If you are interested in learning more about this service, please call Jennifer or Ashleigh at 703-876-8480.