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Too many times I have heard therapists complaining about teachers and vice versa. For a child with disabilities, teamwork can be a huge factor in the success of that child. Teachers, therapists, and administration, along with others, are an integral and important part to any student's learning and development. Teamwork is not about telling each other what to do, but to work together to determine what will work best for the student.
For a team to be successful you must have good communication. This includes having good ears too! Listen to your teachers when they tell you what Johnny does in class. On the other hand, the therapists have great problem-solving techniques that may work in the classroom to ease the difficulties Johnny is having.
The team members should have shared goals. If your all working toward the same thing, it makes it much more motivating for everyone involved. Include all of the team when determining goals for each child. This will foster the team's relationship and will place equal value on the opinions of everyone involved.
All teams need to be able to work together which will foster commitment to the goals and the child. Getting everyone on board and in agreement may be tough initially, but will carry you through to success with your team.
A good team also includes mutual accountability where each team member needs to come to the plate when necessary. Meeting the social and academic goals for each child should be the main focus of a team. Go team go!
How do you foster good teamwork in your school?