For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, returning back to school after a string of relaxed summer days can produce a relevant level of stress.
Although the manifestation of stress may include a range of behavioral (e.g., an exacerbation of repetitious verbal and motor behavior) and physiologic changes (e.g., increase in heart rate and adrenaline), stress can be certainly be prevented, reduced, or managed as a result of good planning. Specifically, planning must be centered on the child, the child’s family, and the child’s teacher.
Every day this week, I will be sharing “red apples” (i.e., recommendations) to follow in an effort to prevent or mitigate the stress that a child and family experiences during the transition back to school. I will share tips on how to prepare the new teacher, how to prepare the student, how to prepare the entire family and how to work with the resources offered at schools. Implementing these suggestions can smooth the transition into the new school year.
Please come back tomorrow when I provide Red Apples to help you work with your child’s new teacher.