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Month: February 2015

Calm and Connected January Newsletter

If you missed the January Newsletter or want rediscover what resources were shared, please find it here; Calm and Connected January Newsletter

The benefits of physical exercise

  • Has anti depressant effects
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces affects of stress
  • Boosts confidence
  • Can be an outlet for anger/stress/anxiety etc.
  • Gives your mind a break from thinking
  • Can be fun!

Physical exercise not only puts energy into the tank, it also reduces the impact of those factors that drain energy from the tank. This allows for more energy to cope with stress and do the things that we enjoy. Exercise works on a number of areas in our body all at the same time:

Body exercise diagram

When and how much do I tell the teacher?

With the start of the school year I have had a number of parents preparing to meet with their child’s teachers to discuss the extra supports that may be needed in the classroom. It seems that everyone has been asking me the same question:

Should I tell the teacher my child has difficulty or shall I let them get to know my child first? 

It seems parents are wanting a balance between informing the teacher so their child can be supported, yet not wanting the teacher to have preconceived ideas before first getting to know who the child really is. Is it best to give the teacher all the reports and strategies before the school term starts so they are prepared? Or allow the class to settle for a couple of weeks when the teacher has a better understanding of the child and is then ready to take on board what the reports and strategies say. The tricky thing is, every teacher and parent has their own style, and its when you don’t know the teacher very well that it is hard to know what approach to take.

So what happens if you are not sure whether to tell them or not? Well so far what I have found has worked best for families is telling the teacher just that, you are not sure what they would prefer. Either before school starts or within the first few weeks, email the teacher saying: ‘ My child … is receiving outside services to help him/her with his/her listening and concentration. Would you like information (reports/strategies/discuss) about these difficulties at the start of term? Or would you like to get to know him/her in your classroom first?’

This method allows the teacher to tell you their preferred style and opens up the channel for communication. It also provides enough information to flag your child’s needs without over clouding their first impression. This email is best followed up in person within the first couple of weeks at school to help keep it fresh for teachers, especially as they are needing to get to know a full class of new faces.

If you have any other methods that have worked for you please let me know so that I can share with other families.