Trumpet can help transition kids with autism back to school
As parents, we make careers out of worrying. We especially fret about sending our kids with autism back to school. Will their teacher understand them? How will the other kids treat them? Are we putting them in the best environment?
These fears are natural. Why? Because our kids are unique, each one possessing nuanced needs that can be difficult to interpret. It takes great skill and patience to welcome a child with autism back to school.
Planning ahead helps combat worry. When the big first day of school comes, we can trust in all our preparations, but most importantly, we can trust in our strong and capable kids.
Three tips for sending students with autism back to school
- Earlier bedtimes and start times. Sleep is vital to growing minds and bodies, especially when it comes to reintroducing kids with autism back to school. If your child has become acquainted with later bedtimes, begin moving towards an earlier time. School-age children should get between nine and 11 hours of sleep each night.
- Walk the day. Practice a school day routine with your child. Start early and go through the steps. What will breakfast look like? How will everyone get ready? Visit the school and walk the halls, cafeteria, gym and library. Find a time for your child to explore their classroom.
- Make introductions. Before taking your child with autism back to school, plan some face time with their new teachers and peers. Ask the teacher when you can visit one-on-one. It’s also a good idea to get the class roster and schedule a play date or two. Friendly and familiar faces go a long way on the first day of school.
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