The beginning of a new school year can be tough on any student. Learning new school routines, adjusting to a new classroom, and making new friends all present opportunities and challenges. Children with autism may find their Denver school a stressful place to return to, leading them to have a more difficult school year. Fortunately, there are a number of coping strategies that you can use to help your autistic child have a positive transition into the school year.
The Back to School Transition Process for Students with Autism
School can be difficult for all kinds of students, but it can be even more stressful and discouraging for students with autism. Denver schools recognize this, fortunately, and have many supports in place to help students affected by this condition obtain special care as they transition back into the busy, energetic school environment.
Transitions are especially difficult for most autistic children. Changes in routine can cause great stress, leading them to feel overstimulated or overwhelmed. As a parent, you can help your child feel more comfortable about the upcoming school year and have a good first day back at school. Taking the steps described below may help your child relax and enjoy the transition.
How to Set Up Your Child for Academic Success
While there is no “one size fits all” plan when it comes to autism, Denver families may find it helpful to use some of the following coping strategies to help with the back to school transition:
- Keep school drop-offs positive and short.
- Make daily routines consistent.
- Talk with your child’s teachers about giving them special tasks for them to look forward to at school, such as delivering notes or feeding class pets.
- Distract your child from negative feelings or triggers with silly moments, notes in their lunchbox, sensory toys or objects, music, or noise-cancelling headphones.
- Teach your child relaxation techniques like the 478 breathing technique.
- Encourage your child to partake in physical, stress-reducing activities.
- Ensure your child knows how long activities will last using timers and visual schedules.
Autistic students deserve to enjoy their school year as much as any other child. If your child does not enjoy these activities or is struggling with the back to school transition, consider seeking professional help and guidance.
Contact Emerge for More Information on Autism and Helpful Related Services
At Emerge in Denver, we understand that autism affects families in different ways. Our professional staff members have experience in handling cases with clients affected by autism and can provide your family with helpful advice and services in order to provide the best care possible for your loved one. Contact our office today to learn more.