Introduce Your Child to New Teachers & Providers with an All About Me & an IEP at a Glance
Write an introduction to your child
To give teachers and service providers a head start, we recommend creating an introductory "All About Me" document with a vision statement that outlines what your child needs for success. This will help your child’s care team get to know their strengths, interests, and goals as well as your (and their!) vision for their future. A vision statement can help the adults in your child’s life focus on long-term goals that can shape your child’s current learning objectives.
In your All About Me, it’s a good idea to include which strategies work for your child and which ones don’t. For example, if your child is overwhelmed by having too many words on a single page, it will be beneficial for the teacher to know this so they can break the work down into smaller chunks. Knowing your child’s interests means the IEP team has an inside view on how to make therapy and work sessions more engaging for them, and therefore more productive.
By creating and sharing a document with this information, your child’s teachers, school-based therapists, and IEP team have the opportunity to see them as the whole, unique child that they are. It can be helpful to provide a copy to every adult your child will be working with during the school year. (To get started, check out our fillable template below!)