Autism Learning Partners - Back to School

Tips for the New School Season!

Some great tips to make it easier for your child (and you!) to transition to a school schedule.


FIELD TRIP:

If the child has never attended the school, visit it to show him the building, its entrance and grounds so it’s a familiar place come fall.


TALK IT UP!:

As school approaches, talk about how much fun it will be and encourage your child to share how they feel about attending.


EARLY TO RISE:

All summer long it’s been late to bed and lazy mornings.  Start preparing your kids at least a week before school starts by calling a family meeting and getting back on the school schedule.  Lack of sleep makes  it hard for any child to be productive during the school day.


MARK THE CALENDAR:

Indicate the first day of school on the calendar so your child understands when it begins and can process any fears.


MEET & GREET:

If possible, arrange for your child to meet their teacher a week or so before school starts, or to meet any other children you know will be attending.


SUPPLIES:

Take your child to buy a backpack, notebooks and whatever else is needed. Color code the notebooks for each subject and help personalize them with your child’s name and pictures of family and home.


WHAT TO WEAR?:

Pick out the first day’s outfit so it’s not a surprise.

Overall, being prepared and reducing stress before school begins will help the whole family ease into the new fall schedule.