Back To School

Helpdesk – How to Prepare for Returning to School

As we approach the end of summer, it is time to start thinking about how to transition back to a school routine. Consider the following strategies when getting your kiddos ready for the new school year:

Resume old routines – Your child’s routines, especially their sleeping routine, may have changed quite a bit over the last couple months. Returning to a school sleep schedule can take several weeks or longer, depending on the child, so it is often best to begin transitioning towards the end of summer so your child is well-rested and used to an earlier bedtime during the first week of school.

-Incrementally move back to the desired bedtime – try putting your child to bed and waking them up 10 minutes earlier than the night before for a few days. Repeat until you ultimately reach your goal bedtime.
-Establish a soothing routine – running around outside, playing video games, and watching action movies right before bed can make it difficult to fall asleep. Instead, try reading a book, working on a puzzle, coloring a picture, or doing other relaxing activities. This could also provide a good opportunity to reintroduce a homework routine.
-Minimize meltdowns – meltdowns can happen more frequently when changing routines, especially routines related to sleep. If your child seems more fatigued throughout the day, adding a short nap, or changing from a high-intensity activity to a less demanding one, may help your child get through the day without an extra meltdown.
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Monthly Milestones | August 2017

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Ask the Expert: Tips on Getting Your Child Ready for School

Q: Just a few more weeks until school is back in session! What are your tips for helping parents to get their children ready?

A: You purchased new school clothes and got every item on the supply list. All set? Almost! Parents with children who have autism know that a few more preparations help the transition from summer to the classroom. Let’s review our back-to-school checklist for the child with autism:

Confirm the child’s placement

-What building, what room, what teacher?

-Have any of the arrangements changed over the summer? If so, you may have to do some footwork to make certain your child is receiving all necessary accommodations. Better done before school begins instead of everyone dealing with a surprise.

Visit the school and teacher before the first day

-Often, teachers are in their classrooms a week or two inflatable water slides for sale before school begins. Ask if you and your child can visit before the chaos of the first day.

-Visit even if the teacher is not available. Think of it as a visual support for your child.

-Take pictures of the school (playground, cafeteria, gym, classroom, etc.) and review them with your child daily before school begins.
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Monthly Milestones | September 2015

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Monthly Milestones | September 2014

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