Communicating Your Child’s Love Language to Educators
Communicating your child’s love language to educators is a simple way to cultivate a good teaching and learning relationship between them. Many of the caregiving parents interviewed for Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities explained how they do it. In chapter 9 of Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families several of them stressed the importance of “translating” the love languages into educational jargon. Here are a few examples.
- Instead of saying “My child responds best to words of affirmation,” say “My child responds well to positive reinforcement.”
- Instead of saying “My child’s love language is physical touch,” say “My child loves getting high fives when he does something well.”
- Instead of saying “My child’s love language is gifts,” say “My child responds well to applied behavioral analysis (ABA).”
More ideas about communicating your child’s love language to educators, such as how to make them part of a child’s IEP or 504 plan, can be found in chapter 9 of Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families. Research shows that kids who feel loved and welcome at school are better able to learn. Why not use the love languages to make their school days happier and more productive?
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Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream series for parents of kids with special needs. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. She’s also the creator and host of the Different Dream website. Sharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and at Amazon.
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