Classroom Routine and Expectations
Special Education for 'Communication' is provided in a small group setting and within the classroom when appropriate. Students are typically seen for 25-minute blocks of time and sessions are arranged in conjunction with the general education classroom schedule. Kids are encouraged to arrive on their own to the resource room using a laminated hallway pass to facilitate coming and going with the least amount of disruption to the classroom (and undue attention from peers). I will also 'pop in' to a class when a student forgets to come on his/her own. The Communication Skills Routine that I use is listed below. It is reviewed several times each year and even the youngest students catch on quickly.
Parents are a super important part of the therapy process! Students meet goals faster when parents are actively involved. Parents are encouraged to ask questions like 'What did you work on in communication skills today?', 'How did you do?', and "Do you have homework from the class time missed?'. Students and parents can also practice skills at home using online resources and interactive games here on my website. Parents are encouraged to call/email any time they have questions or if they would like to schedule an appointment to attend one of their child's therapy sessions.
To keep parents informed of their child's progress, I attend parent-teacher conferences and/or provide written progress reports at the end of each marking period. I (or a child's case manager) will also contact parents during the school year to schedule a meeting to review and update the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for special education services.
Communication Skills Routine
1. Use your hallway pass to come to Ms. Peterson's room on time
- You are responsible for remembering to come
- Remind your teacher before you leave the classroom.
- Stay for any test
- Walk quickly and quietly to and from class. Do not stop to get a drink of water or to use the bathroom
- Ask your teacher about the work you missed while you were gone and anticipate that you may have homework as a result.
- *You may stop to pick up partners in your group
2. Knock on the door to Ms. Peterson's room and always come in!
- Grab your binder
- Sign in on the attendance sheet
- Wait quietly for others to arrive by completing a sheet in your binder
- There will be a sign on Ms. Peterson's door if she is absent
3. Complete your homework
- Be sure to put your homework in your backpack so that your family can help you compelte assignements
- Bring your completed homework with you when you next see Ms. Peterson
4. Always be able to answer these questions...
- Why do you see Ms. Peterson? (e.g. to make better speech sounds)
- What did you work on today? (e.g. I worked on the /r/ sound in sentences)
- How well did you do? (e.g. I got 90% in words and 70% in sentences)
5. Rules to behave by in Ms. Peterson's room...
- Be on time--arrive on your own
- Be prepared--bring completed homework with you
- Be respectful--pay attention to th words you say, your voice tone, and body language.
3 behavioral reminders in one session = a telephone call home or planning room referral.