Back to school—hurray! I say that now with a sigh of relief, but not for long. I hate getting up and rushing out the door, I DETEST homework and projects with a passion, and I don’t enjoy the constant monitoring of my children’s progress.
What I do enjoy about my children being in school—besides watching them learn to think critically and advocate for themselves—is the structure and the return to routine after the lazy chaotic summer days. During the school year, there is no argument about bedtimes, bath nights or reading (well, not too much, anyway).
There are so many routines that can help with the school year stress—from having appropriate accommodations on the IEP to setting up a homework system.
Some of the accommodations that are helpful to many families include:
- Extended time on homework or modified homework: a child in elementary school should not have to struggle with homework for 3 hours!
- Copy of textbooks at home: no more driving back to school 3+times per week to pick up those “forgotten” textbooks; also, no more skipping homework because the book isn’t at home
- Weekly communication from teachers: if you can get this, great; if not, it can be a struggle to find out about those missing or incomplete assignments
- Scribe: someone to write down what the student dictates—vital for those with fine motor problems
Our kids with autism aren’t the only ones who benefit from structure and routine; it sure helps me to feel more organized. Here’s hoping all of our children and students have a successful school year!
p.s. Here are some books from our fabulous bookstore that Melanie recommended:
- The Integrated Self-Advocacy Curriculum by Valerie Paradiz
- Communication: What Does It Mean to Me? by Catherine Faherty
- I Need Help with School! by Rebecca Moyes
- Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp
- Getting Organized without Losing It by Janet S. Fox