Getting Ready for the Start of the School Year
Your child is embarking on a new journey this school year and the beginning is the most important part of the school year. This is the time where we have to work together to establish the structure and routine at home to ensure a good and successful academic year. This is the time to implement what we have learned and practiced this summer (for those in the back-to-school transition summer program).
Some of the organization and attention skills strategies to continue practicing at home are:
1- Follow the visual that we created based on your child's individual needs
2- Use a timer to reinforce time management
3- Keep practicing the routine: work- break- work
4- Keep desk in order with all the materials needed to do homework without interruptions
5- Use color code post note ( red for a homework checklist and yellow for things to remember)
6- Use the homework planner worksheet to practice how to prioritize
7- Follow the same steps : where to place my homework, and how to keep my folders until it becomes a habit
8- Follow attention skills strategies to expand attention
What does the summer road trip and the start of the school-year have in common?
Read our most recent article published in the Weston and Davie magazines to find out!
"With the new school year starting soon, it is important to reflect on our expectations for our children and how we can set up a plan for them succeed.
Let's use a car trip as an analogy. If you were taking a cross-country road trip, you would make a plan to ensure that you have an enjoyable trip. With school starting, your child is about to embark on a ten-month journey. Therefore, now is the best time to plan for a successful, pleasant, and smooth school year.
For a road trip, the first step is to check the status of your car and make sure everything is working properly. For your child's journey, the first step is to check "their status"--what are his strengths and challenges? Beware of some of the following signs:
Short attention span for their age or grade
Trouble organizing assignments or activities
Difficulty initiating a task or unable to finish homework / activities in an assigned amount of time
If your child presents these signs, he might need support. Support is not just about telling them to pay attention or focus, it is understanding that his brain is wired differently and that he needs to acquire the skills by implementing specific strategies. Executive functions consist of several mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable people to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. If there is a deficit, all activities that involve those skills might be negatively impacted.
The second step, after reviewing and analyzing the status of your car, is to fix all the defects to get ready for the trip. In your child's case, if you suspect a certain type of challenge or deficit, it is imperative that you seek professional help, learn your rights at school, and acknowledge the options available to help your child.
You have the right to request a free psychological evaluation and your child has the right to receive "free and appropriate education" and support. Moreover, you have the right to appeal any decision made by the school district related to eligibility or services. It is important to point out that if your child is eligible for special education, he could be served in a regular classroom.
The last step is to make sure that all the parts in your car are working effectively. This holds true for your child as well. Once the plan is created at school or at home, make sure that every little detail is perfectly designed and gives your child every advantage to have a successful school year."
Follow us on Social Media for more tips
References in our community
Looking for other related professionals to help your child through the school-year? Reach out--we would love to put you in touch with our colleagues and partners in the community!