Starting school is an exciting time in any child’s life. It can also be a time of some stress for families with a child with UHL. Is my child ready to start school? Which school will best suit my child’s needs? Will the school provide the right listening environment for my child? All these questions need to be considered when choosing a school for your child.
A school will appreciate knowing well in advance (at least six or nine months before school starts) that your child will be attending their school. This will give them time to prepare for your child’s arrival.
School readiness depends on many things, including the child’s age and level of maturity. Listen to the advice from preschool teachers and health professionals and weigh this up against what you know about your child.
Providing a stimulating learning environment at home will set the foundations for a successful transition to school. These include:
Choosing the right school for your child with UHL can be a difficult decision. You will need to start your research and preparation early. Children with UHL will attend mainstream schools and it is unlikely that they will receive any additional support at school. So you need to be sure that the school will be understanding of your child’s needs and provide him or her with assistance they need to have full access to the curriculum.
It is a good idea to visit the schools in your area and get a feel for each one. You might like to visit the school on one of their open days. Take your child along and get some idea about what they liked and didn’t like about each school. Talk to other parents and children attending the school – they can provide you with valuable insight into the school community. And, finally, make an appointment to visit the school, talk to the principal and have your questions answered.
Children with UHL need to concentrate harder to listen. This can make them tired, which makes learning more difficult. A good listening environment at school makes a considerable difference to children with UHL.
Consider the following questions when deciding on a school:
There are many reasons why families choose schools. A school might have a particular religious affiliation or there may be a family tradition around attending a school. Many families like to send all their children to the same school and the child with UHL may follow his or her older siblings to the same school. It will take time before you know whether you have made the right decision.
Families do need to be flexible. What works for one child, may not work for your child with UHL. Several families in our online group have chosen to change schools to one that can better accommodate for the needs of their child with UHL. While changing schools is not an easy decision to make, it is an option worth keeping in mind, if necessary.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not intended as a substitute for independent professional advice.
04-Nov-2022 3:17 PM (AEST)