Back to School

Summer vacation is coming to an end. School supplies will soon be purchased and lunches will be packed.  Children will start transitioning from long summer days to days full of learning.  Some children (and parents) may have difficulty transitioning to the new school routine. Here are some tips to help make the transition a little easier:

Meet the New Teacher and Tour the School:  If your child’s school has an open house, be sure to attend.  Children may be anxious about who they’ll meet and where to go.  If you can meet their teachers and take a tour of the school before the first day, this will help ease their jitters and help them feel more comfortable on the first day.

Transition to the New School Schedule:  Many families have a relaxed schedule during the summer.  To help your child get back into the school routine, slowly ease your child into their new bedtime and wake up time before the first day.

Discuss Their Concerns: If your child is feeling anxious or jittery about going back to school, talk about their concerns and role play how to handle different situations. For some children, implementing Social Stories (developed by Carol Gray) may help prepare them for a variety of situations which may arise.

Eat a Good Breakfast:  Children need to eat a healthy breakfast every day.  On the first day of school, you may want to have a special breakfast with their favorite foods to make the day fun.

Review the Rules: If you can get a copy of the school rules before the first day, it would be good to review them with your child. This is also a good time to review safety rules and rules about talking or going with strangers. If your child walks or rides a bike to and from school, review the route with them several times and reinforce the rules.

Get Organized:  Mark school events on your calendar and pack lunches the night before.  You and your child can pick out their clothes for the following day the night before too.  Have backpacks packed with the necessary supplies and by the door ready to go.  A little organization will help reduce your stress during the first few days of the new school year. Staying organized will also help your child get in a routine and schedule they can keep throughout the school year.

The start of a new school year can be a fun and exciting time.  For more helpful tips, visit the following links:

Back to School Transitions

Back to School – It’s Transition Time!

Back to School for Kids with Special Needs

Back to School Checklist for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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