Transcript: Donna Reels
Listen now as Donna Reels shares about the importance of school personnel identifying with a parent’s dream (time: 1:04).
A lot of times—I think sometimes the teachers need to imagine themselves as the parent and that is their child. And imagine your dreams for that child. You know, when do you give up on a dream of a child—you know, if you have a child that doesn’t have a disability but they have a behavioral issue in the class, do you say, okay, he’s always gonna’, you know, misbehave in spelling? No, you believe that there will come a time that they will be better at it. And as a parent it’s important to me that the teachers look at—look at my child and say, “Hey, we believe in this child. We have bought into the dream that the mother has for this child. And then we’re going to work together on the goals.” A lot of times as the parent our goals are high. You know, and they have to come down a bit, but parents we just really want people to believe in our children as much as we do. And when we see that, when we start working together on common goals, then we feel comfortable going to them, and they feel comfortable coming to us.