Children with autism can easily be overwhelmed, it is a good idea to set some quiet time each day that will allow them to rest. Activity/ Exercise is also very important to help a child with autism have an outlet for the anxieties they may be experiencing. A bike ride, a walk, anything outside to get the energy out will be a helpful tool. We also get out in the yard with hula hoops and dance!
The lines may be long to get in and out of the car, have some distractions for your kids as they are waiting in the car, coloring sheets, hand held device etc.
Not much time passes for us before the homework starts, what we do at home is allow a 30 minute break for a snack and down time before starting homework. We set a clock so our son knows when the break is over and he will then start his homework.
- Get all of your medical information in order (vaccinations, documentation from physicians, allergies, medications, etc.)
- Emergency contacts are a must, be sure the school is aware who can pick up and drop off in an emergency. Provide a cell phone number for the contacts as well.
- Dietary concerns should all be discussed with school.
- IEP dates may be needed, as the school year starts, your child may need some tweaking on their plan, be diligent with this and be the voice for your child!