As G. continues into the second year of high school more and more information is being presented in a lecture format. Although he loves science, last year he almost flunked this subject because the student next to him kept talking during class time. Now we're dealing with seven teachers, who have five classes of at least 30 students. Although they should read his IEP, most of them won't. So I’m finding that it's extremely important for me to be proactive in communicating with them. I find that it's much better to provide short tips, or cheat sheets because like all of us these teachers are busy.
So I'll meet with them the week before school starts and I'll talk to them about auditory processing. Some of the things I'll ask them to look for are:
- Don't assume G. understands, check for understanding.
- watch for and expected answers or a limited response to questions.
- Be open to restating questions or directions.
- Watch out for double meanings (last year G got in a lot of trouble with the word “gay”).
- Remember auditory processing will become more pronounced in a noisy environment.