Is My Autistic Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about your child’s school. Kindergarten is an exciting time for all children, but for kids with autism, it can also be a stressful change in their lives. You want the best for your autistic child, but you also know that integrating them into the education system can be incredibly beneficial for their development. So, how do you know if your child is ready?
The truth is, you don’t. They’ll have great days and some really tough ones. But the important thing is that you take the time to get them ready for the change in routine. Here are a few tips to help.
Start Working on the New Routine
Kindergarten, especially for children with Asperger’s syndrome, is an introduction into the academic world and the start of an entirely new routine. Though they may eventually come to enjoy this new routine, it takes time to adjust to it. So, start ahead of time. Create a schedule that closely resembles the one they’ll follow during the school year and get them used to it. This way, they’ll be better prepared for the school year and won’t have to worry about adjusting to a new routine.
Speak with the Teachers
Whether you’re placing your child in a special education program or integrating them into a regular education class, it’s always best to speak with their teachers. Let them know the types of issues your autistic child struggles with. Explain the triggers they have, any coping mechanism you’re aware of, and be a resource for their teacher throughout the year. Remember, teachers are there to help your child grow. But they can do their job more effectively if they have the right tools at their disposal.
Start Socializing and Exposing Them to New Things
Kindergarten is a challenge even for high-functioning children with Asperger’s syndrome. Most of those challenges can be overcome through exposure and experience. Before kindergarten, start socializing your autistic child and work on exposing them to new clothes, environments, and experiences. If you’re struggling with how to do this, don’t panic. Our family therapy services can help give you the strategy you need to best help your child.
Schedule an Appointment
No matter where your child falls on the spectrum, their education is incredibly important. Transitioning to any new grade takes time and patience. Further, you’ll need to handle the transition every year that they’re in school. For some autistic children, the process gets easier, but for others, it will always be a challenge. Schedule an appointment with our team and let us help you find the best ways to help your child.