Back-to-school is right around the corner, and special needs children of any age are going to need a bit of help easing back into their new routines. Most families get up at different times during the summer and have a more relaxed routine for meals, bedtime and play time. Start one to three weeks before the school year begins to create a new routine, discuss what the new school year is going to be like and ensure that children have everything they need to succeed in school.
Now is the time to start going to bed earlier, getting up earlier and eating meals at precise times. This will help children feel well-rested once school starts and will ease them into feeling comfortable on a routine. Many children thrive on routines.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives children energy for what is before of them. Children can be at their very best with a breakfast full of protein to keep their bellies full, complex carbohydrates to keep their energy up and some healthy fats for the yum factor.
Most special needs children thrive in environments where they know what is expected of them. Parents should take some time to explain school routines and class schedules while also allowing children to meet their new teachers before the first day of school arrives.
Children love to have a hand in picking out school supplies. Some special needs children can be notoriously picky about the color and texture of certain supplies. Therefore, it is best to create a fun shopping excursion for the whole family.
It can be easy to feel down about all of the preparation that needs to be done. However, by staying upbeat, parents can put a good spin on a challenging school year for their children.