It’s a common practice to communicate with parents, before meeting with the child. As you are trying to understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses, so you can get yourself better prepared before your lesson.
Sometimes, the parents would tell me that :
“My child know quite a few words, just some slurred of speech. Sometimes he is a bit stubborn, and like to do things his way, but you know he is just being a kid”
To follow on what they said, I would ask:
“ Would your boy takes initiative to demand for things, such as juice, Thomas, help, etc.?”
Then, they would say:
“Oh yes he knows, he definitely knows how to make his demand. And lots of time they are far too often.”
And when it came to the day I met the child and had lessons with him. Quite often, I found that the performance was not nearly in par to what the parents had said.
I am not saying that the parents are trying to lie to me, but parents may have a different definition of “can” or “cannot do”.
For things that the child can do, he/she should be able to carry out the following aspects:
1. whenever and wherever someone asked the same question, children should know how to answer. For example, when someone asked him/her “what’s your name?”, he/she should be able to give the same consistent respond.
2. The question, maybe, worded in different formats, but the child should be able to answer correctly. For example, “what’s your name?”, “My name is K, who are you?”, “Hey tell me about yourself.” so on and so forth.
3. Whether the question was asked verbally, or non-verbally, the child should produce the same answer.
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