Creating Back-To-School Routines for Special Needs Children

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Creating Back-To-School Routines for Special Needs Children

Creating Back-To-School Routines for Special Needs Children | Los Angeles

Most families have entirely different routines in the summer than they do throughout the school year. They often sleep in many days and spend plenty of time getting ready in the mornings. Of course, during the school year, children need to be more on task, need to get up early in the mornings and need to eat breakfast, get cleaned up and get dressed before they head out the door.

Starting the New School Year

Special Needs children in Los Angeles County often have difficulty transitioning to new routines as well as to new schools and teachers because many of them struggle with anxiety in social situations. To help children feel as if they can take charge, parents should allow them to make some of the decisions as they plan new routines. Children can help by telling parents what they need to do to feel more successful on school mornings and during homework sessions. Allowing children to be involved gives them a sense of situational ownership.

In addition, Special Education students typically need more time to get used to new routines than their peers do. They will need to start slowly by getting used to teacher’s faces and new classrooms. They can also get used to earlier mornings by having their parents turn back the alarm clock for them five minutes each day. Within two weeks, they can be getting up over an hour earlier every day than they did during the summer.

Keeping Every School Day Stress-free

Finally, parents need to keep stress to a minimum on school mornings. One of the best ways to do this is by preparing as much for school the night before. Parents and children can work together to pick out an outfit and shoes for the next day, to ensure assignments are complete, to pack a refrigerated lunch and to pack the child’s backpack. Keeping school mornings calm will eliminate a great deal of a Special Needs child’s anxiety.

Special Needs children need plenty of structure and routine in order to minimize anxiety. This is particularly important during the school year when mornings can become hectic. Setting up simple routines in the summer shortly before school begins can help ease the transition into a new school year, school setting or IEP. Families who need Legal Representation in matters relating to Special Education can minimize further frustration by contacting Newman Aaronson Vanaman Law Firm.
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