Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School: Making the Transition From Summer to School

Summer has come to a close and school is about to start again. Here are a few tips to help make the transition back to school more bearable for you and your child. 

Review your child's current IEP or 504 plan. 
  • Schedule an appointment with your child's team at school to go over goals and to make a plan for the year. 
  • Start a communication log with each member of your child's team. Make sure everyone is always on the same page. 
  • Keep an ongoing list of questions!

Attend school events
  • If possible, schedule a time prior to or after a 'Back to School Night' to avoid crowds and the potential for a high anxiety situation for your child. 
  • Create a relationship with your child's new teacher. Make sure his/her teacher is prepared for your child and is aware of needs and accommodations. 

TALK!
  • Talk to your child, your child's teacher, doctor, and even school nurse
  • Begin preparing your child for what is coming up. Address their concerns and provide information slowly to prevent them from being bombarded with too much at once. 
  • Talk to your child's doctor to make sure all medications are up to date and correct dosages are prescribed.
  • Talk to your child's school nurse to make sure any paper work is filled out to receive medications and they are aware of any medical concerns. 

Establish a routine
  • Create a master visual schedule for everyone at home. 
  • High light areas that are specific to your child. 
  • Post a visual picture and written routine so there is no confusion. 
  • Begin practicing before school starts to avoid surprises. 
  • Create positive incentives or reward system ahead of time. 
  • Gradually begin to adjust bed time if there was a change over summer. 

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