The school is an environment that encourages and helps the development and social adaptability of our children, but it can turn out to be a tense environment, with excess stimuli and provoking disruptive behaviors if we don’t pay attention to specific details. Parents of children with autism need to take into account general issues when preparing the children to go back to school. It’s not just about taking them and leaving them there, it’s about taking them to a place where they will be happy, and they will learn.
Tips for back to school
Communication with the teaching team (principals and teachers) is essential for a proper school experience process. Before returning to school, it’s advisable to have a meeting with your teachers and the school guidance team (pedagogical team).
It’s important to know the general project and the type of activities that we’ll have for our child; whether it’s inclusion or integration. There may also be plans to work individually and in a different environment of your classroom on some specific topics.
If the professionals involved in your child’s treatment have written instructions to apply in the school context, you should immediately inform the school. Thus the general project of the school year is modified according to the particular needs that arise.
In the meeting you make with the pedagogical team, it’s recommended that you comment on the needs or other relevant subjects that are necessary to share, such as:
- What does the child like.
- What subjects attract the attention and which ones don’t.
- How to maintain or recover the child’s attention.
- What situations can disorganize the child behaviorally, and how to recover it.
- What can he eat and what can not.
- Associated health problems.
- Expose the areas of strength and areas that require support. A summary of the previous school year is very valuable.
Prepare the child
The school and teachers need to prepare to receive the child with autism, regardless of their adaptive level and academic performance. But it’s also necessary to prepare our child for the return to school, for this it’s advisable to take into account some things:
- Have conversations with him about the school.
- Visit previously the school where the child is going to study.
- Make social stories about returning to school, with graphic media, toys or simulations of school activities.
- The holidays are always out of control of the sleep schedule, so to begin to establish a schedule to sleep and wake up is fundamental.
The return to school is an activity that we must prepare with a special dedication.
Our child must be happy and safe at school.
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