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.
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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