Friday, May 24, 2013

Special Education Saturday - Preparing for Changes

Some schools are out, and others are finishing up. Children with special needs often have trouble adjusting to new routines, even when it's for a great reason like summer vacation. Here are a few tips to get you over the hump:

  • Discuss the upcoming changes. 
  • Make some plans and set up a new routine.
  • Emphasize the positive aspects of the different schedule. 
  • Discuss concerns, but don't allow your child to dwell on them. 
Soon it will be time to prepare for a new school year. More tips:
  • Say good things about the staff--if you set up bad expectations, they will be fulfilled.
  • Talk about how you will prepare things like supplies and clothing. 
  • Arrange for a time to tour the new school/classroom and visit with the teacher. 
  • Generate excitement by helping your child review good memories from the past year. 
What are your best tips for ending or beginning a school year?