The phrase “back to school” inspires both joy and trepidation. When a student has special needs, those emotions are magnified and the checklists are multiplied.
There’s nothing simple about the transition from vacation to school, but there are several methods to reduce anxiety and increase optimism for the new school year. The Friendship Circle has asked for insight from special education teachers, therapists and parents to get the school year off to a great start.
Gearing up for the school year is a team effort. Working together, parents and teachers can develop a system of communication and visual prompts to support the student. School visits, play dates and social stories can mitigate the student’s anxiety. Maintaining consistency and involvement throughout the school year nurtures a positive relationship between the home team and the school team.
When the right supports are in place, the transition back to school can be surprisingly smooth. This guide aims to provide important tips and tricks to ensure a smooth transition back to school.