To help kids with special needs start the school year well, try 1, a few, or all of these 9 tips. As a former teacher, I have seen them make a difference!

School will soon begin around the country. During my 25 years as a teacher, the parents who used some or all of these 9 tips helped their kids with special needs start the school year on a positive note.

Tip #1: Stick to the School Supply List

Purchase exactly what’s on the school supply list and nothing more. Glitzy, fancy versions of items on the list often create distractions in the classroom. Plus they tend to be more expensive, and who needs that? Filling the school supply list costs enough already.

Tip #2: Start the School Schedule 1–2 Weeks Ahead of Time

Implement school bedtimes, wake up times, breakfast time, and lunch time at least 1–2 weeks before school starts so kids are ready for the school routine. As bodies adapt to set meal times, they are better able to adjust to the school bathroom break schedule.

Tip #3: Develop a Positive Mindset about School

Kids base their attitudes about school and teachers on what they observe in their parents, so you need to develop a positive mindset. Try out these statements to stay positive about school and teachers:

  • Educators are people, just like you. You are more alike than different from one another.
  • Most teachers are in education because they care about kids. If they were in it for the money, they would have chosen a different career path.
  • Even if my school years were negative, my child’s can be positive. In other words, don’t let your bad memories color your child’s life.

To read the rest of 9 Ways to Start the School Year Well, visit the Patheos website. 

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