Before you know it, summer vacation will be over and the kids will be headed back to school. For children with autism the transition back to school may be a challenge. You can help prepare your child for school’s return by focusing on new routines while emphasizing past successes. Consider:
- Requesting meetings with teachers- Short conferences with your child’s teachers are a great way to start the school year off right. Use these meetings as a way for your child to become comfortable with the teachers and to explain your child’s strengths and challenges.
- Spending time at school- Check with the school’s principal and your child’s teachers to schedule time at school. Walk the hallways, have conversations, and let your child become comfortable in the classrooms and general school spaces.
- Slowly adjusting your summer schedule- We suggest slowly adjusting your summer schedule to coincide with the upcoming school schedule. Move bedtimes up over time, start waking up earlier, and schedule additional “study” times of reading and writing to help prepare for school.
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