Back to School Tips

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As a Family

  • Adjust for back-to-school starting 7 to 10 days in advance.
  • Mark the calendar and have a countdown.
  • Practice morning routines.
  • Foster healthy sleeping routines.
  • Decrease screen time especially 30 minutes before bedtime.

For the Children

  • Visit the school ahead of time to help the children feel more comfortable and meet the teacher(s), if possible.
  • For younger students – go check out the school playground.
  • Read books about going to school – Read to your child or have them read to you daily.
  • Review school expectations – walk, listen, smile, be kind, share, raise your hand.
  • For older students - review homework expectations (set up a distraction-free zone that is not in a bedroom).
  • Set routines for leaving in the morning and returning home at the end of the day (prepare set locations for book bags and school materials to be kept).
  • Most importantly, have daily check-ins about going back to school and being with friends. Some children may need additional emotional support. We want to build a positive thought process for attending school. Building and fostering a love of learning is valuable.

This information was provided by Linda Burgen, Board Certified Behavior Analyst. If you would like more information about our Behavior Support Services, contact us at 785.272.4060.