1. Routines – Establish Them Now
Talk about schedules with your kids, use their input. If they have some ownership in the structure, they are more likely to buy into it. Meals, bed times, homework, etc…, will all be easier down the road, if routines are set and followed from the beginning. For more information on the benefits of routines for kids, http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/683.html.
2. Get Familiar with the School and Staff
Visit your child’s school, especially if it is there first year in that school, walk the lay of the land; locate their classroom, the office, the cafeteria, the bathrooms, the gym. Meet their teacher. Set up a meeting with just you and the teacher if your child has special needs, a 504 plan, or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Ask for the special education teacher who will be working with your child to attend, as well.
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