School Success Tips from Parents & Professionals
School Success Tips
1} Schedule it out: The biggest tip I would recommend is to make a schedule and stick to it; whether it is for your morning routine, getting ready for school or after school activities and snack! My daughter had sensory issues, so dressing can be a battle. Make sure your morning schedule allots time for any other parts of getting ready that may be a struggle.
~ Michelle NicoleLevreault
2} Have the kids pick out their clothes the night before. This saves A LOT of headaches in the morning!
~ Lisa Birkholz Santee
3} Get a luggage tag to put on your child’s backpack. It makes it harder to lose. Choose a cool color or design to distinguish the child’s backpack, and try putting a luggage tag on the bike lock too.
~ Laura LeMond
4} Create a large monthly calendar that shows football games, after school activities, sports games, choir and band concerts, etc. It calms them down to know that their upcoming event is on the calendar.
~ Laura LeMond
5} Share with others. When my son, who has Down syndrome, began day care, we wrote a letter to all the school’s parents about our energetic, curious little guy and how our hopes and dreams for our child were the same ones they had. Our expectation was that Evan be treated the same as the other kids and be subject to the same requirements and demands. I also encouraged people- first-language along with links to DS organizations and encouraged parents to reach out to us if they had questions (we included our contact info).
~ Julie M. Gerhart Rothholz
6} Open communication with all who are going to work with your child. Remember that as parents we are teachers ourselves and have the responsibility to teach the staff about what our children need. Have a meeting with everyone, if possible, and write down everything before the meeting and hand out copies.
~ Heather Dean Rudow Clemmer
7} Memorizing Lock Combination: My daughter had trouble memorizing her locker number and combination. We bought some rubber wristbands (like charities give away) and wrote the info on the underside with a Sharpie. She was trendy and had the numbers handy! When she also got a gym locker, we just used different colors for each locker.
~ J. Logaz
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