Back-to-School Preparation

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting
5 Aug 2010

As a child, I always loved this time of the year. Nevertheless, it always came with some apprehension and some stress. The idea of being in a new class, having new teachers, new classmates, or even going to a new school, was a little bit unsettling. I didn’t know what to expect. In particular, the most upsetting of all was, when I knew that some of my friends would not be with me anymore in the same school. Most of the time, my friends and I used to walk or ride the same bus together, and now I have to accept and live with all these changes, and perform well at school form day one.  A lot of mixed feelings, and lot of emotions are involved around this time of the year. Even the weather decides to go through changes and switch seasons. Moreover, parents usually, if they have to move or relocate, they wait for the summer to do so.

As I mentioned once before, change is not easy for everybody. Most people avoid change because it drags you out of your comfort zone. Adjusting to new settings requires conditioning and some effort.

So, imagine children with autism, who already struggle within their comfort zone, going through this array of changes. Is there anything we could do to help them have a smooth and pleasant transition and get them ready for a new challenge in their life?

The back to school preparation can make a lot of difference for children and parents.

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