Back to school time is a time of year that brings up a variety of different emotions. Children are nervous and often not happy about returning to school. Parents are both happy to send their children back but may be a little emotional during milestone years like beginning kindergarten or high school. All children have anxiety about returning to school and this is something that is especially true for students that have learning disabilities. This is some advice that will work for all students, especially ones that may have learning disabilities that need a little extra confidence coming into this new school year.
In reality, all students could really use a big confidence boost before getting started at school. The first thing that you need to do is keep them informed. Remind them that school is coming so that they are not surprised on day that school is only a few days away. This will help them to adjust mentally. To do this, you should start to establish the school routines that they are used to (or ones that they need to get used to) a few weeks in advance. If a child is going to a new school, it helps to attend any tours or orientations that they are offering the students. You should also give them some space so that they learn to be independent. These are two things that will help make all children feel more confident when going back to school.
If your child has learning disabilities, you will want to work closely with your transition team and the special needs department to ensure that all of the IEP paperwork is updated and everything is ready to go. You are their advocate and by making sure everything is settled before school starts that will give both you and your child one less thing to worry about, which will also increase their level of confidence. This includes ensuring that any behavioral support that should be on your IEP is on it. Finally, it is also important that you talk to your child. You want to really listen to them, which will help them get out any concerns that they may have. Together, you can talk through these issues and find a way to resolve them before school or as school begins. After school begins, there is often an adjustment period for everyone and you just need to patiently work through it together with your child and their school.
The most important thing to remember is that you should have an open line of communication with your child’s school. This will help you to feel free to discuss problems that your child may be having and shows the school that you are there to work as part of a team. Both the school and the parents have the same endgame: the success of their children. Back to school can be a stressful year, but these are just some tips that can help make it a lot easier on everyone involved.