Are you a parent of a child with a disability who would like to write effective letters, to special education personnel? Would a short list of things to include be helpful? Letters are important documentation, of what is happening in your child’s education. This article will address 7 items that should be included in special education letters, to make them effective, and easily understandable.
Letters should be one page if possible, and contain these items:
Item 1: You should include your name in the letter, as well as the name of your child with a disability. If the specil education person is an administrator, they may not know you or your child. That’s why it is important to include both in the letter.
Item 2: You should include your child’s birth date. Some school districts often use a child’s birth date, for identification purposes.
Item 3: You should include the date when you are writing the letter; month day and year. Letters sent to disability educators become part of your child’s school record. By dating the letters, anyone looking at the record can tell when it was written. The date the letter was sent may be important in the future, if a dispute occurs between you and your school district.
Item 4: You should very clearly state the purpose of the letter. For Example: “I am writing you today to tell you of my concerns for my child Mary, whom I believe may have a learning disability, in the area of reading. I am asking that she be tested using a standardized reading test such as the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test. When the test results are finished, we can discuss them at an IEP meeting.” or “I am concerned that my son John may have autism, I would like a childhood autism rating scale (CARS) to be filled out for him. When this is completed, I would like to have an individual educational plan (IEP) meeting to discuss the results.” (more…)