Back To School We Go
Are you ready?
Whether it’s the first time your kids are going to school or you are a veteran, it is always pretty hectic this time of year. So…maybe you don’t feel like you are ready; however, Touchstone wants to help you get there with some tips for preparation and information on bullying.
I think we can all agree that this time of year can be both exciting and stressful for many reasons. Some children can’t wait for the first day, yet others are dreading it. The most important thing, whatever the case, is to be involved by preparing them for what it will be like as well as establishing a routine. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are quite a few things that can be done, of which communication is the most important.
Here are some tips for preparation:
- Communicate with all teachers involved, parents of other students, and most importantly your child.
- Create a routine before the year begins
- Acclimate them to everything their day will consist of using visual supports like pictures and maps of the school.
- Explain the schedule and situations they will encounter throughout each day.
Besides general preparation, we unfortunately know that bullying can happen in schools, especially to students with disabilities. Research shows it affects a student’s learning ability and leads to a decline in their interest, grades, and concentration, including an increased desire to avoid school altogether.
The cause is usually a lack of understanding, so education on the topic is important for students and teachers alike. Signs of bullying include the lack of a desire to eat and go to school, as well as trouble sleeping. If you see these signs, ask the teachers if they have seen anything. To prevent these negative effects, it is important that adults get out in front of it through open communication with all students and teachers involved.
If bullying happens though, make sure the children know they are not alone. Meet your child where they are through empathy and perspective.