Home » Magazine Issues » Issue 22 – Back to School Special Edition

Issue 22 – Back to School Special Edition

August 3, 2021

Autism Parenting Magazine Special Edition Issue 22

Dear Readers,

As the time comes to go back to school, apprehension can begin to build for families with autistic children as well as for the children themselves. New people, new classrooms, new rules and new routines – it can all be a little overwhelming. In this special back to school edition we hope to give you the best tips and advice to help you start your year right.

As I was reviewing articles for our special back-to-school edition, I was reminded of the first day I left my daughter at preschool – how hard it was to leave. We had gone on a school tour, met with the teacher and had already talked with some of the other families. But there I sat for 20 minutes, in the parking lot, just in case. I guess even parents experience jitters.

We all know preparation is key to helping a family transition. From conferencing with your child’s teacher and reviewing an individualized education program (IEP) before the first day to mapping out the bus route, there are many steps you can take with your child ahead of time to help ease the transition. Be sure to reach out to your child’s school so everyone is well-prepared and aware of special needs.

We all know school days are often filled with an overabundance of rules which can be especially intimidating and confusing for a child on the spectrum to process. In her article, Why Are There So Many Rules? Lisa Timms provides useful tips for parents to help them better explain why rules are needed and why they need to be followed.
In her piece, The Amazing ‘Goal Folder,’ retired special education teacher Cindy Stringer Wismer provides her helpful advice on the benefits of setting goals with your child. From keeping a cubby clean to learning to read, these special folders can be used as a powerful motivator within the classroom as well as in the home.

We are also thrilled to feature Jeannie Davide-Rivera’s article, Why School Recess is Important for Autistic Children as she reviews the impact recess has on a child’s learning, behavior and socialization.

For those of you with children approaching college age, Kelly Imperial’s piece, The College Admissions Interview and Students on the Autism Spectrum offers excellent advice on planning ahead and ways to build upon interpersonal and communication skills as your child readies for the future.

Wishing everyone, including moms and dads, a smooth and happy transition this school year.

If you would like to buy a single issue you can buy it using our iOS & Android Apps or get a PDF version on gumroad at https://gum.co/SKWTx.

Alternatively if you would like to get these automatically delivered to you, you can get a subscription emailed to you by subscribing at https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/pdfsubscription/

Kind Regards,
Amy KD Tobik

Issue 22 features

  • Why are There So Many Rules? by Lisa Timms
  • The Amazing Goal Folder by Cindy Stringer Wismer
  • Why School Recess is Important for Autistic Children by Jeannie Davide-Rivera
  • 19 Tips for Easing the Transition to a New School Year by Amy KD Tobik
  • The College Admissions Interview and Students on the Autism Spectrum by Kelly Imperial
  • Top 10 Areas of Support for Students with Aspergers and LD As They Transition to College by Michael P. McManmon

Buy Autism Parenting MagazineIf you would like to read the full magazine, there are download options below:


IOSPlay StoreBuy NowSubscribeBut_AmznK


Support Autism Parenting Magazine

We hope you enjoyed this article. In order to support us to create more helpful information like this, please consider purchasing a subscription to Autism Parenting Magazine.

Download our FREE guide on the best Autism Resources for Parents

Related Articles

Issue 77 – Achieving Better Health with ASD

Read More

Issue 73 – Amazing Ways To Support Autism

Read More

Issue 67 – Preparing for Adulthood With Autism

Read More

Autism Parenting Magazine