I was involved in an online discussion recently where we were asked
What are the top five things that you'd like those working within the education system to understand about your children?
I thought about it a fair bit. This is my response-
1. that using the phrase "kids like him" is not a good way to convey to me that you understand my son, and will probably just make me cranky
2. that just because he is "mainstreamed" doesn't mean he will fit into your mainstream way of teaching
3. that just because he has a diagnosis and receives funding for a teachers aid does not automatically mean he is going to cause you problems
4. that when I appear at your classroom door every morning for the first few weeks of the year I am not doing it to inconvenience you, I do it to help my child (even through I know it makes you think I am an annoying overprotective parent), and that if you listen to me a byproduct of my visits will be that I also help you, and
5. that your 20 years of experience working with children does not make you more of an expert on my son than I am.