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.