School Time Already?

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Denise | No Comments

School Time Already?

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Denise Koonce OTR

“There’s 104 days of summer vacation, and school comes along just to end it!”, so perfectly sung and said by Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.  My daughter and I have so enjoyed sleeping in a little and snuggling on the couch while watching Phineas and Ferb.  They are so poignant to point out that school does have to start again.  So is summer ending?  “Why yes, yes it is!”  Are you ready?  Are your children ready?  What do you need to do to get back on track for school to start? 

Children really do work best with a routine.  Their brains and bodies do better if they know what to expect and in what order to expect it.  I know it works best for my own daughter.  So, here are some suggestions to better help you prepare your son or daughter for the transition back to school.

  • Set up some play dates to reacquaint them with their classmates and build positive bonds.
  • Begin altering the time for wake up and sleep if they have changed over the summer.  If they have changed significantly then gradually begin changing it by 10 minutes every morning and night until you reach school wake up time and bedtime.
  • Buy their new clothes or uniforms now.  Try them on for comfort of seams and tags.  Then wash them several times to soften the material.  Remove the tags if necessary. 
  • If new shoes are needed buy them ahead and break the shoes in gradually so they will be able to wear them comfortably by the beginning of school.
  • If seamless socks or new orthotic socks are needed purchase now and wash to soften them.
  • Begin scheduling in some desk top activity time during the day and when possible add additional activities at their normal homework time.
  • Determine when their lunch period is and begin serving lunch at that time.
  • If current orthotics need adjusting or new ones are needed set appointments and have them completed so they will tolerate the wearing schedule by the start of school.
  • If a wheelchair is used, clean the wheelchair and perform routine maintenance.  Have the equipment company make any necessary growth adjustments and evaluate it for any new parts that might be needed. 
  • For kids riding the bus, find out from the school district the bus route, length of trip, and order of drop off.  If certain tolerances are an issue for your child, work with the school in advance to adjust for them.
  • You should inform any new teachers involved with your child of any special considerations your child may have, and discuss your child in depth by making an appointment prior to school beginning or within the first two days of school.  It is also a good idea to type up any special needs or concerns and provide a copy of that information to the teacher and school nurse. 

This is a short list of suggestions that can help prepare you, your child, and the school for the new school year.  Please share with us other suggestions of how you prepare for the beginning of school.

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