September is a challenging time for many families as children with special needs transition back to school. Some children really enjoy returning to the routine and stability that school provides. Other children experience anxiety related to returning to school. Here are a few helpful hints:
- If possible, visit the school and/or teacher prior to the first day. If not possible in person, see if there is a way to do a video tour of the classroom or Skype with the teacher.
- Have a printed schedule of the daily routine and review it with your child or begin to practice the week before.
- Create a special story or routine around a favorite or new toy that your child will be able to bring to school. Older children could choose a special picture or necklace.
- Have a playdate with children from your child’s new class or old friends that they haven’t seen in awhile.
Although back to school can be a challenging time, it can also be a time to see your child shine as they grow.