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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back To School Tips For Children With Autism; Hispanic Children Often Have Undiagnosed Developmental Delays

Disabilities Are Not Contagious. Ignorance is.

Back To School Tips For Children With Autism

Going back to school, after a long summer, can be a challenge both for parents and children. There are a few tips that can help make the transition more manageable.

  • Start at home preparing your child for returning to school. This should involve new bedtimes, waking up earlier and adjusting to new morning routines. Get organized.
  • You should meet with your child's new teacher. Your teacher should be familiar with your child's current IEP. You should review the IEP before school starts.
  • If your child is attending a new school, familiarize him/her with the new school surroundings. Ask the school for a tour of the school and classroom BEFORE school starts.
  • Let your teacher/teachers know that you are always available to meet with them.
  • When your child returns from school at the end of the day, ask him/her how it was at school. Ask about the teacher. Ask about the new schedule. Ask about any new friends your child met or old friends your child reunited with that first day. In other words, make every effort to allay any anxiety your child might have during the first few days at school.
  • Make time to help your child with his/her homework. Take it slow. Give your child time to adjust to the new schedule at home.
  • After the first week, call your child's teacher and ask the teacher how things are going at school.
  • Every child adjusts differently. It's your job to help alleviate any stress your child might experience those first few days at school.
(The Stir, Yahoo, Oakland County Moms)

Broader Outreach Needed For Hispanic Children With Developmental Delays