When Back-to-School Hits
Transitioning to a new school can be a big change for any child, specially for those on the Autism spectrum, it can be stressful. For those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have "difficulties with transitions" it's a symptoms that follows those with Autism. However, with some planning and preparation you can help ease the stress or anxiety you or your child might be feeling. We have some tidbits on how to help your child prepared for a new school year.
Making it Fun and Exciting!
Don't go overboard, help your child understand the positive things about school with engaging games, social stories, and intriguing topics. Talk to your child about his/her new school often to help them understand that school will be starting soon (months, weeks, and days) for easier transition. Having family members, friends and therapist involved and talk about school with your child can help your child stay at calm. Keeping him/her Engaged and excited about the school year will help with the transition when the day comes. Talk to your child about the excitement of learning new skills, trying new things and making friends.
Let's see the possibilities instead of the disability!
Associating anything related to school is helpful to your child gain more understanding of the changes about to happen. It would be helpful to your child if you could plan a tour of the school and visit the child new classroom. During your visit it would be good practice to go over some routines that will take place during the school year (walking from the car to classroom, using lockers/cubies etc.). Having your child meet the teacher will help him/her feel comfortable going into his class on his/her first day.
If a tour is unavailable you can find pictures or take pictures of the school and class room and show them a visual of the school, classroom and teacher. To help them gain familiarity with their new environment.
Expect the unexpected! For plans never go as we planned when you have child with Autism. Have a plan B: Social stories, visuals, sensory toys and stay cool and collected!