Back to School

If the mass of commercials hasn’t told you that it’s time to go back to school, the Easter Seals blog will. It’s time for pencils, notebooks, and glue! As exciting as the start of school can be, it can be nerve-wracking also. Any kid has a right to be nervous but a child with special needs has several more reasons to be nervous. Children with special needs may encounter some unique challenges as they go back to school because of their invisible or visible disabilities. Dennise Goldberg, Special Education Advisor has ten tips for parents who have children going back to school with special needs.

  1. Talk with your kid about school and get them excited.
  2. Go school shopping with your child. This helps your child feel a part of the process of the transition of going back to school.
  3.  If a family member is not driving your child to school, get them excited about the school bus or the mode of transportation they will be using.
  4. Summer is over…begin a new routine! Preferably, this should include an earlier bed time.
  5. Know grade level standards so you can talk to your child about what they will be learning. If your child’s education is modified, know the differences so that you know the differences.
  6. Provide a copy of your child’s IEP to your new teacher.
  7. It may be a good idea to have a copy of the IEP on the first day of school. The school is overwhelmed with the new school year, why not help them out?
  8. If your IEP meeting is scheduled earlier in the year, make sure school assessments are done in a timely manner.
  9. Schedule a parent teacher conference to establish a relationship with the teacher and so your teacher feels comfortable with your child’s needs.
  10.   “Create a service log of your child’s services so that you can track compliance and periodically ask the School for their logs to double check accuracy. Always remember that you have a legally binding contract with the School District and if your child does not receive their services, you have a right to ask for replacement hours” (

Personally, I think communication is crucial with the teacher, parent, and student. If communication lines are open, the school year will go smoothly. You will learn things from each other and become a team!

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