By: Sharon Pike, Parent Liaison
As the first day of school is fast approaching I am hearing two camps of parents. The ones that are counting the days till the bus comes with the routine of school that brings a sense of normalcy and structure to their homes. The other camp, is the one that are holding onto summer with all their might, dreading the routine and busyness that the school year promises.
Whichever camp you’re in, know you’re not alone! Either way it’s time to shift gears and focus your energy on getting everyone ready for earlier bedtimes and wake ups, school lunches and getting out the door in time to catch the bus.
By now you’ve learned who your new teachers are so the kids know it’s coming. No one wants to send their child off to school frazzled so I recommend getting as organized as possible.
How to prepare your child
- Move bedtime back and set alarms for earlier wake ups.
- Start having the kids pick out their outfits the night before so everything is together in one spot for quick dressing. If a schedule in your child’s room helps, make one that outlines the morning routine.
- Have them help make lunch the night before so it’s all ready to go in the morning.
Preparations with the school before the first day
- Review your child’s IEP especially the accommodations page so you can go to school and ask that things are in place before the first day of school. You don’t want to wait for the sensory diet items or special chairs to be available weeks later.
- If your child has medical issues and things changed over the summer, ask to schedule with the school nurse to review any changes.
- Create a one page at a glance about your child in a nut shell. So, everyone from the principal, school secretary, janitor and lunch ladies understands your child’s unique needs and abilities.
Then hang on, as the first couple of weeks might be difficult. While there may be a few bumps to work out, before you know it will be October and a nice routine will be established.
For help with your child’s IEP or other back to school assistance, contact our parent liaisons and visit our web resources at: http://www.easterseals.com/dfv/explore-resources/for-caregivers/iep-help.html
Another great resource for back to school tips is from the American Academy of Pediatrics.