At the beginning of the new school year, parents and children are optimistic that the child will have a fresh start.
Parents wonder if they should tell the new teacher that their child has Asperger’s Disorder, questioning if knowing the child has a disorder will bias the teacher against their child. They hold out hope that the fresh start will last and if the teacher is not aware of the disorder, the child’s problems will not be discovered.
Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Children cannot hide their Asperger’s Disorder. The symptoms are certain to show after the initial honeymoon phase of the new school year is over. Not telling the teacher leaves her to guess what is causing the child’s difficulties.
Rather than blindsiding the teacher, you can be far more helpful to her and to your child by informing her right up front. A note to the teacher indicating that your child has Asperger’s Disorder and a request to meet with her in the first few weeks of school is suggested.
Prepare information for the meeting, providing the teacher with a list of behaviors she is likely to observe in your child and a list of proposed solutions that you and prior teachers have found helpful.