Consumer Corner - .. Continued from above..
Consumer Corner continued from above.. Back to school or home-school challenges:
GETTING BACK INTO/ESTABLISHING A ROUTINE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- SLEEP: We can’t emphasize proper sleep hygiene enough. Restorative sleep is the foundation of success during the day.
Start now to return to earlier bed-times….gradually. 9 to 10 hours of sleep is the goal. It will help enormously if screens and devices can be turned off 1 hour before bed-time.
PREPARATION, ORIENTATION, RE-ORIENTATION
Anything you can do to take the ‘unknown’ out the experience is going to pay huge dividends:
PLANNING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS.
- TALK, READ, CHAT: Lay out the entire day (pictures can be helpful) …when to wake up, what clothes to wear, breakfast, what route you will take to school etc.
- MANY SCHOOLS are open at least a week before the official first day. Make an appointment to visit the school if going for the first time, or if a refresher is needed. Try and set up appointments with TA’s. This is the time to be extremely positive and supportive. Be honest in your answers.
- HOME SCHOOL: start to sketch out the learning blocks with your child….
- SHOP TOGETHER: It can be a fun experience to get new clothes, back packs, and supplies. And with all your excursions, short and off hours might be the best.
- PLAN AND TRY NEW HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES: now’s the time to find and try new foods that will appeal to your child.
No, you’re not the CEO of the Olympics, but it might seem that way sometimes.
If going to school, lay out clothes the night before. Have some easy dinners planned, or in the freezer for that first loopy week. If your child is not adjusting well, think about pick up options or other activities if home-schooled.
Above all, be supportive and positive.Your child will be looking to you for reassurance. And remember, every child is capable of great things.
Andrew Koster is the owner of Perfect Day Special Needs Store www.perfectdaystore.com
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