Initiating the dialogue with a parent re:
How do I approach this? This is my first year teaching 2's, and it can be a bit sticky to bring something up, especially if the parent is oblivious to any problems.
I have a child in my class who will be 3 at the end of March. He does not engage in any activity or with any of the other children. When we try to communicate with him, he does not respond, and there is absolutely no eye contact. I try to engage in conversation with him during diaper changing, and there is NOTHING there. He does not respond to his name, and he runs off and doesn't listen. The only thing that holds him "captive" is music, and then he will stop and sway back and forth, but not look at anyone or anything in particular. He pushes and hits the other children, and shows no remorse or sorrow when we correct him. When Mom picks him up, once I get him past the lock of the door (he has this thing with the lock and continuously pushes the buttons in)he runs right past her and does not stop for a hug like most children do.
This is the short version of my observations. As a professional, I *know* what these signs *could* mean. I just don't know how to bring them up to Mom. How do you approach it gently and suggest having a child evaluated further?
Thanks for any insight!