School can be stressful for many students whether they are in special education or traditional classrooms. However, some problems can make school more stressful for children. These could include difficult teachers, new learning concepts and problematic peer interaction. While some of these things cannot change no matter how much you try, there are some things that you can change for your special needs child to make his school year and each individual day calmer.
Communicate Often with the Teacher
If you are more of an introvert than an extrovert, it may seem difficult to speak with your child’s teacher often. However, this frequent communication can actually make many parts of the school year run smoothly. You and the teacher will be on the same page, and you will be able to communicate any concerns that you have about your child’s progress with the teacher.
Fill out Emergency Information
Nothing is more stressful than a completely unexpected emergency. It amps up the stress for teachers, school nurses, you, your spouse and your child. Plan for these possible problems by filling out emergency medical paperwork for the school, chatting with the school nurse and thoughtfully filling out the emergency contact form for the school.
Decide on Daily Routines
Almost nothing is more calming to the special needs child than a smart routine is. Be sure to have a morning routine in place to get your child ready for school. Start early enough to decrease stress, and be sure that your child gets a nutritious meal. At night, create a routine to get lunch and school supplies ready for the next day.
Only Choose User-Friendly School Supplies
Depending on your child’s needs, he or she may struggle to use certain school supplies. They may not feel right to your child, or they may be difficult to open or close. Consider investing in some supplies specifically designed for special needs children.