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Getting ready for a new school year is probably not on a parent’s list of “most fun activities of the summer.” The start of a new school year can be just as difficult for your child as it is for you, even if your child is eager to return to school. The changes in routine and structure from “home for the summer” to “back to school life” can present difficulties for children and families. The degree of adjustment will vary from child to child. The following checklist is presented to assist in relieving the pressure of transition and create a smooth and successful return to school.

First, things first:

[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Putting your oxygen mask on first
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Let go of perfection
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Decide how you will deal with resistance
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Prepare for change
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Reinforce your child’s ability to cope
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher and support staff
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Try not to over interpret your child’s reactions
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Offer to volunteer in the classroom

Then Move Onto These:
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Schedule back to school physicals/dental appointments
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Make copies of current medical
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Medications –

    Obtain doctors scripts
    Medications in the pharmaceutical containers

[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Streamline back to school shopping – basics only
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Decide how you will respond to resistance
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Re-establish bedtime routines necessary for school time

    Gradually increase wake-up time
    Gradually move up bed time

[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Establish school year meal times and procedures
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Designate a place for school work, practice using the space
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Establish the location for backpacks/lunch boxes
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Discuss the changes with your child
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Develop a visual schedule and practice the schedule

THE WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL:
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Review all school information sent to you
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Do you have, if appropriate, a social story for school
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Mark your calendar with all the back to school dates
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Take your child with you to purchase back-to school items
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Visit the school with your child
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Check with transportation for pick-up/drop-off times
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Reteach the school’s “hidden curriculum” – social behavior
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Make sure the teacher is ready for your child

WEEK ONE:
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Reset alarms for new times
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Give yourself extra time for the unexpected
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Be prepared for bus schedule fluctuations
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Check backpacks for information
[icon style=”check-square” color=”ff0000″] Attend meet the teacher night

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