I can’t believe it is that time of year again but, summer is coming to an end and the start of school is right around the corner! Whether your child is entering preschool for the first time or heading off to high school, it is important to promote a healthy attitude of school and learning at home. If you have a motivated learner, this might not be a difficult task. However, if your child struggles in school or has a language disability, it may prove difficult to keep them motivated. Here are some tips for making the back-to-school transition a little easier for your struggling learner.
· Talk to your child about the upcoming school year and find out what his/her fears, hopes and goals are
· Highlight some of your child’s favorite things from the previous year to remind them what they like about school.
· Take your child to the school for a tour, even if your child attended this school
last year, taking him/her there to walk around and become reacquainted before everyone else returns will be less overwhelming.
· For younger children you may want to read some books about the first day of school
o A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
o First Grade Stinks! By Mary Ann Rodman
o Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? By Lisa McCourt
· Make “back-to-school” shopping fun and use it as a way to get your child excited about school by purchasing some items he/she really wants
Back-to-school time is always a time of nerves and excitement for both parents and children. I hope some of these tips help to ease you back into the routine. And just as a reminder, if you are ever concerned about your child’s speech and language development, do not hesitate to contact the SLP at your child’s school or a local SLP in private practice.
Good luck and happy back-to-school!
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Golden Speech Therapy
Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP