Hi Julie – thank you for your question. Now that first term is over, I recommend that you make an appointment to speak privately with your daughter’s teacher to find out how she is progressing in the classroom. The first term of a child’s school life requires a big transition and some littlies find the transition challenging. It can be hard for them to meet the demands of a classroom and the challenges of working and learning with a big group of peers. By now, your child’s teacher should have a good idea of where her strengths and weaknesses lie. The teacher may be able to recommend strategies that you can use at home to support your child, and you may also be able to provide insight about what interests and motivates your daughter. Your child’s teacher is the best placed person to seek further support for your child in the school environment, and it may be that after your conversation, your little girl is referred to the school’s Learning Support Teacher for evaluation. Don’t forget too that you can also seek advice from an independent professional such as a paediatric speech pathologist who specialises in literacy. Good luck!!
Published 24th February 2019