Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

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Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Transitioning back to school in September can be difficult for both parents and children.

Parents can help their child with the adjustment and manage the transition by maintaining a

positive relationship, having realistic expectations, planning ahead, and keeping a positive attitude.


  • Mark important dates on your calendar
  • Purchase all of your school supplies early including back-to-school clothes. Buy only essentials and check with
    the school to confirm guidelines for dress codes.
  • Pack your child’s backpack 10-14 days in advance. Review the checklist to ensure all items are accounted for.
  • Establish routines at least one week before school starts, including bedtime and meal time.
  • Select an area that will be specific for backpacks and lunchboxes. Also identify an area for children to put

important documents such as newsletters and documents.

  • Designate a quiet area of the house for homework and studying


  • Give yourselves plenty time to complete the morning routine and get out the door.
  • Pack lunches the night before to avoid rushing in the morning.
  • Take time after school to discuss with your child how their day went. Let them know
    of upcoming changes such as a substitute or a field trip.