With summer break less than a month away for most elementary, middle school and high school students, now is the time to start considering what your children are going to be doing for the next few months and how they will be able to keep up their knowledge levels so that they do not fall behind by the autumn. This is particularly important for students who have struggled throughout the year or for those who have learning disabilities or special education needs.
- First, be sure to create a routine that mimics your child’s previous routine as much as possible. Try to keep sleep schedules the same, feed your child at the same time every day, and give your child time for play during the cooler parts of the day.
- Second, do not be afraid to add some educational activities into your child’s day. Although your child may resist a bit initially, these activities are important to prevent knowledge regression and to ensure that your child’s entry into the next grade will not be problematic.
- Third, take time to meet with your child’s teachers and educational staff sometime between the middle and the end of the summer. You will want to talk to his or her old teachers to get a feel for how your child did during the year and what should be changed for the next year. You will also want to meet with upcoming teachers to discuss the educational plan for the next year.
- Finally, be sure that your child has plenty of time to play. You may want to schedule playdates with classmates so that your child does not feel as if he or she is missing out on the fun of school. In addition, you may also want to consider signing your child up for a summer camp.
Although school breaks are notoriously problematic for many students with disabilities, often causing regression of academic and social skills and creating issues with routines, you can make sure that you use this time to your advantage. Be sure to connect with any community groups that are available, check with your school district to find out if they offer summer programs and be sure to reach out to Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law if you need any help with special education or special needs legal matters.