Updated Sunday, July 24, 2016 Most children with special needs have some anxiety about returning to school, according to John Piacentini, Ph.D. of UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Your children may be starting a new school, moving to a new classroom or getting a new teacher. The uncertainty of these unknown places and people is usually the cause of their anxieties. Reduce your children’s back to school anxieties by preparing them for their return to school. Here are five tips to get you and your children with special needs ready for the new school year. 1. Organize your children with special needs Organization is a common problem for many children with special needs. […]
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Summer holidays are coming to an end and your special needs child will be back at school shortly. Here are three tips for special needs parents to get the new school year off to a smooth start. 1. Ease your children’s worries Just like adults who get anxious before starting a new job, children are anxious about starting the new school year. For children with special needs who need routine and structure, starting a new school year causes many worries. Children worry about a variety of things, including what their new teacher is like, whom they will sit next to, if they will have too much […]
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Back to school shopping is underway, including the search for new schoolbags. Backpacks are very popular, but cause health problems if heavy and improperly packed. When picking the right backpack, make sure your children choose a bag that will not harm their health. One study, reported in the Journal of School Nursing, warns: Given that children are still developing physically, regularly carrying heavy loads can contribute to pain and injuries in the lower back, shoulders, and joints and ultimately related disorders in adulthood. Furthermore, heavy backpacks increase the chances of children falling.
Updated Thursday, June 25, 2015 Credit: Lee Cannon on Flickr Children change schools several times throughout their lives. These changes can make kids nervous or anxious. For children with special needs, these changes are particularly stressful. Parents can take steps to reduce their children’s anxieties. Here are some tips to help make the transitions go smoothly and reduce your children’s anxieties. Make a transition plan The development of a transition plan should involve parents, staff from the children’s current schools and staff from the children’s new schools. Children should be included or at least consulted about the transition plan. The transition plan should include: Several visits to the new […]
Updated Thursday, August 13, 2015 Credit:©Cienpies on stock.xchng Shop early If crowds or all the sensory stimulation in stores bothers your children, shop now and try to avoid the crowds. Also think of what times the stores in your area are less crowded and don’t forget online shopping. Dress code/Uniform If your children have sensory issues or problems with fine motor skills (tying shoes, doing buttons), it may be difficult for them to adhere to your schools’ dress code or uniform. Kids don’t want to stand out – they want to fit in so do your best to find clothing that meets your schools’ requirements but also keeps your children […]