Monthly Archives: August 2018

Children to Return to Special Education Schools

It can be a challenge to transition children with special needs from their home environment to their special education schools. When summer break is over, it’s the parents’ responsibility to prepare their kids for a fresh school year, daily coursework, and a new teacher and environment. Fortunately, there are many ways that parents can aid their special needs students to set them up for success. Follow these tips to make the transition into the upcoming year easier for you and your child.

1. Schedule an Early Classroom Visit

Allowing your child to visit and explore his or her new classroom can make the experience more comfortable during the first days. Many educational institutions host an open house several days or weeks before the start of the year so that kids have a chance to meet their new teacher and peers. Parents also have the opportunity to learn about classroom routines and the curriculum that will be followed.

2. Get Everyone Involved

Help your child feel more in control of the situation by allowing them to partake in school preparation. Wardrobe shopping is an excellent way to get kids excited for their return to the classroom. Encourage your child to purchase new clothing for their wardrobe and to find the items on their supply list. Go over any classroom rules and other important information in the days leading up to the first day.

3. Establish Before and After School Routines

Many special needs kids thrive on routines, and most special education schools aid parents by following a strict routine during the day. Parents should also create a before and after school routine that can help kids feel more comfortable with changes in their normal routine. Consider practicing this routine several times before the first day.

4. Practice Calming Techniques

If your child has difficulty keeping calm in loud or chaotic situations, it can be helpful to teach him or her self-calming techniques that can be done in times of high stress. Deep breathing is an excellent way to put the mind and body at rest when in an anxious state. Practice deep breathing exercises at home for several weeks and help your child work through his or her emotions while maintaining a sense of calm.

5. Create a Transition Scrapbook or Binder

Many children with special needs have an easier time dealing with changes by physically seeing them on paper. Consider creating a binder, notebook, or scrapbook of papers, photographs, and drawings that could help your child to better adjust to their new environment. Take a picture of the teacher and the classroom. Have your child draw pictures of his or her peers. Place all documents in a book that they can look at.

Educational School Supplies

It is the beginning of the summer. No more teachers’ dirty looks. School is out forever. Nah nah nah nah, wave good bye!

But wait, if we go and do all of our shopping for back to school supplies now, we can avoid the autumn rush and that dragging horrible feeling of being reminded of summer’s impending end as you wander the educational school supplies aisles of our local stores come the dog days of August. While we are at it, there are also some camp supplies that the children could use. Lunch boxes and nap mats, perhaps something to carry an extra water bottle or three in. If we are sending our kids to spend the day in a park with a bunch of strangers we better at least make sure they are hydrated. You may also need to send them with arts and crafts supplies for the various projects their camp counselors have planned for the rainiest of summer days. If they are worth the trouble those camp counselors are going to figure out fun outdoor ways to use some of those arts and craft supplies.

There is also the fact that a good school supply and educational school supplies could be good on long family vacations -either to occupy the kids with drawing or writing something during the long car rides, or simply to help them study and write reports on their summer reading lists. It is important to remind kids that just because they are on vacation does not mean that learning stops. It is also important that they always have their eyes on the prize of a successful next semester.

Getting the jump on the back to school supplies rush might also be a good opportunity to stock up on a discount office supply that you have been meaning to restock. Post-it Notes or paper clips, honestly we are always running out of something or another in that darn office.

Basically, what we are trying to say is, don’t give up on educational school supplies during these steamy summer months. Just because you are spending more time out doors and in the sun does not negate the need for education and brain stimulation, it just re prioritizes it for a bit. This is a good thing and will hopefully train your young student in setting meaningful boundaries around parts of his or her life. It is a valuable lesson many adults I know could learn from.