Intensive ABA Services
Back to School 2010
By Nicole Murillo, Ph.D.
Lovaas Institute – Los Angeles
The summer days are quickly fading, and it's time to start thinking about school again. This transition can be difficult for any child. Here are some tips to help ease the transition back into school and to help your child be more successful during the first quarter of school!
The most difficult part about adjusting to school after summer vacation is moving from days that are unstructured (or structure that changes from day to day) to highly structured days. Thus, it's helpful to begin bringing back some of that structure even when your child is not in school. Some ways to do that include:
Some interventions that worked during the school year may not apply to vacation time, or maybe, like most parents, you were just more lax over the summer. As the school year starts, it's important to re-introduce any techniques or interventions that contributed to your child's success at school.
Sometimes we focus so much on getting our child ready for the academic demands of school, we forget that one of the most important goals of school for many children is to socialize with others.
But when it comes down to it, the most important thing to remember is that this is an exciting time! So, make the transition as fun and reinforcing as possible!
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The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.