By way of introduction, for those who don't know, functional skills classes are designed for students with situations that do not make the regular curriculum a realistic goal. Instead, per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, these students are given custom made goals which will help them learn the skills needed to best meet more realistic goals, as determined by a committee, which includes the student's parents, and others.
For this reason, these tips are aimed more at how parents can help their children grow and maximize the resources available to them.
Three Things That Often Hold Students Back
1. Having little or no hands-on experience. As your child learns skills at school, look for opportunities to let them use those skills at home.
2. A lack of exposure to the subject. As you communicate with your child's teachers, ask about and anticipate new skills that are coming up. See if you and the teachers can find some ways to let your child get some exposure to upcoming skills before they are formally taught at school. Increased exposure time increases success.
3. Communicate with teachers regarding accommodations. Is there something you see that is working? Something not working? Did you try something at home that the teacher might find useful at school? Communication is key.
Three Simple Tips to Help Students Start the Year Strong
1. Bring supplies daily.
2. Practice skills at home.
3. Be active in the community. Give your child a chance to use what they learned outside of the school setting so they get more practice.