Dear Single Dad: (part 1 of 2)

An email the other day. Time is short (for her answer), what would YOU tell her?

Single Dad,

I’ve been a reader of your blog for quite a while. I’m not a parent of a disabled child, I’m not a parent of any child. I’m in my mid 20’s and currently working as a substitute teacher. I just landed a long term assignment (30 days- as long as my permit allows) for a subbing job (as a teacher, not aide) in a special ed class (ages 18-22, moderate to severe). I worked a couple of days in this class last year but I have no special training in teaching, much less special ed. (My degree in is theater management, I sub as a day job). So, as a parent of a disabled child, what would you want a “teacher” like me to know. I feel like being there a month, I’ll be making some kind of impression on these young adults and as a sub I get less than no training, so I wanted to ask your opinion. (From my experience last year the class is a large mix, several of the students were verbal and literate, but need a lot of help with social and self care skills and many were non verbal but could communicate with modified sign language, not one student I met was as severely disabled as your Pearlsky.) If I was Pearlsky’s teacher for only a month what would your expectations be?

Thank you for taking your time to read this and I hope you both are doing well.

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