Our Back-to-School Guide for Special Education Students
Children with autism and other special needs often have a hard time with change. This is because they thrive on routine and predictability. So, when a new school year comes around, it can be a big adjustment for them.
That’s why we’ve put together this back-to-school guide to help make the transition back to school a little bit easier for both students and parents. Here are some things to keep in mind as you get ready for the new school year:
Back-to-School Tips for Special Needs Students
Practice Before the Year Starts
Visit the school ahead of time with your child. This will help them get familiar with their new surroundings and reduce any anxiety they may be feeling about starting school. If possible, take a tour of the school as well. This way, your child will know where their classrooms are and where to find the bathrooms, cafeteria, etc.
Start getting your child’s things organized a few weeks before school starts. This includes their backpack, school supplies, and clothes. Lay everything out so they can see it and start getting used to using it. It may also be helpful to create a visual schedule for them showing what their daily routine will look like once school starts again.
Talk About It
Talk to your child about what to expect on their first day of school. This includes things like saying goodbye to you in the morning, riding the bus, and meeting their teacher. The more you talk about it, the less anxious they’ll be on their first day.
Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children
Just like your child, you may also be feeling some anxiety about the new school year. Take some time to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the transition. This may include talking to other parents who have children with autism, attending support groups, or meeting with the school’s staff ahead of time.
In addition to getting your child’s things organized, you’ll also want to make sure you have everything you need in order as well. This includes paperwork, school contact information, and emergency procedures. Putting everything in a central location will help reduce your stress levels come back-to-school time.
Create a Support Network
It’s important to have a support system in place when you have a child with special needs. This may include family, friends, or even other parents in similar situations. Lean on these people for help and advice when needed.
Choose The Deron School
The Deron School offers a state-approved private school program and services tailored to your child’s needs. If you believe that your child would benefit from our wide array of resources and services, don’t hesitate to contact us with any admission inquiries.