Agendas and Communication

Many schools have a standard agenda that is given or sold to the students to facilitate communication. In our school, there is a morning message that is part of the children's daily routine, that includes printing and reading practise. The older students often put in their learning goals, along with any reminders or homework that they might need to finish.

For students without the skills to print, or who cannot communicate their day, often an teaching assistant writes out what kind of day your child has had. OR NOT. There is not always time to write, especially if there is shared support, or no support for a child with communication disorders.

So, what are the alternatives? Well, a kind of standard form can be developed that allows the child to circle what he/she has done during the day. Some children use a bingo dauber, that follows the daily schedule choices.

What is very helpful, is a dialogue journal, where parents write a little about what the child has done at night. This provides more insight into connecting more accurately with the child's interests, and provides a topic of conversation for other children to interact. Sending in photos from home also facilitates more social interaction betweeen children. Lots of language development happens when the visual supports allow for that connection to occur. 

Keep the agenda a positive communication tool. If you have questions or behaviour concerns, these are best left to phone calls or a face to face appointment. Something written down doesn't have that facial and body language and can leave both parties anxious. Use the agenda to support your child's learning, but certainly deal with any concerns you have quickly and in personal calls or meetings.

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