How to Have a Successful Start to the School Year.
We all want our kids to have a successful start to the school year, but how can we be sure that will happen? In this blog post, I will give you 5 things you can do to help that dream become a reality.
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5 Things To Help Your Child’s School Year Start Well
Have a Plan
That old saying, “A goal without a plan is just a wish” is so true. In order to help your child have a successful start to their school year, it’s so important to have a plan. Start talking with your child now about what their day will look like. What time will they need to get up to be sure they fuel their brain with a breakfast that will carry them through to lunch? What will they take for lunch? How will they attack their homework assignments? What do you both want this school year to look like?
Make a List
Sit down with your child and list all of the things that you need to do before the meet and greet with your child's teacher and then plan which day you are going to tackle them. For example, one day go to get school supplies, another day, think about what helped your child the most last year and stock up on those items, i.e. my son LOVED Chewy Tubes and it couldn't be just any chewy tube, it had to be the yellow ones.
Revisit their IEP or 504 Plan
Now's the time to pull out last year's IEP or 504 and revise it so that before your meeting with your child's teacher, you are all set. Go into your meeting well armed and ready to advocate for your child. After all, you are all they have.
Discuss after school activities
After school has become such a busy time of the day for so many families that it can become downright chaotic. It’s great to have your child involved in after school activities, but if it’s impeding on your family time and if it becomes a struggle to get homework done, you might have to revisit that. Some things to consider are:
Does your child have therapy after school and if so how often?
Does your other children play sports and will you have to arrange a carpool while you take your child to therapy?
Is the current load of therapy doable in the new school year?
Do you see the benefits of the therapy he/she is receiving?
There came a time when I had to make a decision and we had to take a break from therapy. It was so chaotic and that never helps a situation.
Have a Talk with Your Child
Sit down or find a quiet time to chat about the changes that are going to happen. Many special kids really struggle with change. My son did and it always helped if I could let him know in advance what would be happening. It gives them a sense of control that many times they just don't have in other areas of their life.
Lastly, enjoy the last part of summer. Do what needs to be done and always remember that tomorrow is another day :)
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Until next time,
About the author: Mary is a wife of 22 years and mom to three children, one who has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder. She is also a Certified Health Coach and loves to serve her clients through a Free Facebook group, Online and In-Person Individual Family Coaching and Group Coaching programs. She is also a self published author of "Food & The Brain" a book about how food affects our brains and the creator of "Grocery Store to Table" a program with a proven approach to helping your child accept new foods into their diets.