You know your child best and can play an important role in their education.
Working with your child's school
Working in partnership can help give your child the best chance to achieve their potential.
This includes making sure your child's schools stays informed about the support your child needs.
Your child's school will be communicating with you about learning from home.
Information that will help your child's teacher
Your child's teacher will be interested to know how your child is engaging with learning at home including:
- what your child is achieving and what they are enjoying
- what your child needs more help with
Before talking to your child's teacher or school it may be helpful to write down what you would like to discuss.
Helping your child with their learning at home
Some children find changes in routine upsetting. If your child feels this way, they will need your help to establish new routines to signpost their day. If you need further support you can contact your child's school or a health practitioner.
Time to understand and respond
Your child may need more time to process instructions and complete tasks. Sometimes they may need to hear or read instructions more than once to understand. They might need time to respond to questions in the discussion.
Make sure your child has the time they need when learning at home. That may mean pausing and replaying recorded/video content and checking for understanding before moving onto the next task.
Your child has a range of strengths and abilities that they bring to their learning. They may require greater support with some tasks than others. Some things for you to consider include:
Check back in
Where your child can be more independent with a learning activity, help them to get started.
When you can move away, let them know when you will check back in with them and answer any questions they may have.
Building and sustaining motivation
Consider your child's needs and discuss with their teacher about when to do different tasks and types of learning. Think about how many tasks your child can do before needing a change or break.
Some learning activities are best done in order as they are related or build on each other. Other times, you can do tasks that your child finds more enjoyable to build motivation before progressing to more challenging tasks.
Taking a break and time management
Make sure you are aware of how long a learning activity is expected to take and identify appropriate times for breaks.
Breaking down larger learning activities into parts will help your child learning more efficiently and enjoyably. Use a timer on a phone or tablet or the oven timer to schedule time to spend on specific tasks. Some students may be able to do this for themselves.
Use charts to record progress against the day's learning activities.
This could be a task list with a simple tick or sticker against completed items. These can be made at home on the computer or downloaded from the internet. You and your child could make one together using pen and paper. This is one way to record completion of learning tasks and provide a sense of accomplishment for you and your child.
Finding information and advice
Knowing more about your child's disability can help you make decisions about the support they need.
You can also learn about specific disabilities and support organisations who can help:
Find general support for parents from:
Phone services for parents
Reviewed 17 February 2021