In the midst of remodeling, moving and adoption chaos
I have been working as part of the local school district's
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Steering team.
Tonight was the first SEAC meeting of the year
and I was on the agenda to present a Student Profile for Lila.
Lord, how I loathe public speaking.
But it was all for a good cause~
showing parents an easy-to-use format to provide
valuable and useful information about their child to school staff.
(A special thank you to my awesome fellow DS mamas
who helped me work out a few kinks with this project!)
It all went well, thankfully.
After the Student Profile presentations
(there were 2 of us)
we asked for feedback on the profiles.
The parents in the room expressed excitement
about going home and working on a Student Profile for their own kids.
The professionals in the room asked us
to share these with everyone, saying that it would be
so incredibly helpful to have a Student Profile
on every one of the students they come in contact with.
I'm honoring their request and sharing Lila's profile.
Lila Nargi at a glance:
Current interests: Riding horse, dancing, playing outside
Likes: Tracing letters, iPad apps, practicing sight-reading
Dislikes: Noisy environments, people in her personal space, being left out of activities
Motivated by: Positive reinforcement/reward system, gentle but firm teaching style
Turned off by: Angry responses, impatient tone of voice
Lila’s strengths to build upon:
- Great at memorization, learns quickly
- Learns best in a structured environment
- Understands limits; able to follow rules
- Loves to learn, craves success
- Supportive and involved family
Lila’s challenges and ways to address them:
- Easily over stimulated- benefits from sensory breaks and weighted supports
- Younger developmental age- close adult supervision needed for impulsiveness and safety- especially during unstructured times such as lunch, recess and hall passing time
- Weak fine motor skills- needs extra time and personal assistance for writing or drawing and self-help activities
- Difficulty with transitions- responds well to picture charts and verbal cues
Our focus for Lila this school year:
- To make measurable academic progress
- To learn appropriate conversational skills with typical peer models
- To make friends with whom she can spend time with outside of school
Our long-range school goals for Lila:
- To participate in school with typical peer models
- To reach her potential in academic areas, especially reading, math and written language
- To develop age-appropriate behavior and social skills
- To realize her full potential in order to find her niche in life
This was super easy to do.
Some helpful hints:
Make sure it all fits on one page.
This should not be a repeat of your child's IEP.
Give a copy of your child's student profile to
everyone working with your child- teachers, paras, therapists, etc.
Have the school keep a few copies on hand
to give to substitute teachers/paras for a brief overview of your child.
Pass it on!!!