Talking to teachers, healthcare professionals and other adults
Talking with teachers
Early on in the school term, you may want to arrange for the teacher or someone from the medical team to come into school to explain to the class about your child’s nutritional needs. Your child may also want to get involved and answer questions from the other children - circle time is a good opportunity for this!
But don’t stop there, it’s important to keep in touch with your child’s school, making sure their class teacher is informed of any problems or issues as soon as they arise.
Top tips for getting the most from your healthcare professional
It is important both you and your child get the most out of your visits with your healthcare professional, below are some top tips to get you started:
- Become a good note taker
- Network with other parents, charities and support groups
- Be confident and clear as to what you want and need
- Keep on top of your child’s appointments and where possible try to organise multiple meetings on the same day to help avoid disruption to you and your child's usual routine
Communicating with other adults about your child’s nutritional needs
Although you and your family unit may be familiar and comfortable with your child’s nutritional needs, other people may not be as clear on the precautions and steps they should take with your child.
Here are some tips to help guide your conversations:
- Keep it focused - keep information focused and to the point
- Terms to look out for - help others to understand what is being said by your child by providing examples of terms and words they may use to describe their special nutritional needs
- Be prepared - consider whether it would be beneficial for your wider family, carers or your child’s school teachers to read information about your child’s special nutritional needs. Below is some background information you could include:
- What your child’s special nutritional needs are and what may happen if their special nutritional needs are not met, as well as necessary next steps
- Key contact telephone numbers in case they need to reach you or a family member
If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your healthcare professional.