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Resources for back to school

Thursday, September 03, 2020
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By:  DBP team

The school year is starting for many of us and we are here to provide resources and ideas to help your child transition to either going back to the classroom or remote learning. The Autism Society has compiled a comprehensive list of links that include tips for educators and parents that can help children of all ages.

The Autism Society has created a transitions workbook for parents that goes over strategies, social stories, and other ideas to help your child feel comfortable in their homeschooling routine. They have included two social stories on their site that address topics such as doing schoolwork at home and missing friends at school. The workbook also includes ideas to set up a comfortable environment either in the home or at school that allows the child to have access to a “safe person” or “safe place.” This person or place will accessible for them to calm down if they are in an anxious situation.

They also suggest establishing a consistent learning routine – start a week early and go through your schedule. Showing your child their school, waking up at the appropriate time, and setting up a proper bedtime are important aspects to helping your child transition to the new schedule. This is important to do even if your child is going to be in remote learning. 

Autism Speaks has come out with many resources over the summer months to gear up for back-to-school during the new normal. They have given parents 5 ways to advocate for their child for the upcoming school year:

  1. Review your state education department’s re-opening plan.
  2. Get involved with the committees that are planning for re-entry.
  3. Include and maximize “Parent Training” on your child’s IEP.
  4. Learn the new e-learning vocabulary.
  5. Listen to your child and conduct a self-assessment compared to the school plan.

They have also curated ideas to help children learn in a remote school environment. They highlight the importance of the remote learning pace and making sure the lessons given can be accommodated for those who have communication challenges. This can help students create schedules that work for them and their preferred learning environment. They’ve also created a learning plan to help families put together their unique learning needs and behavior plan. This can be helpful to provide schools when they need to address accommodations for the student.

Here are the links to the social stories and the transition workbook:

https://paautism.org/resource/distance-learning-social-story/

https://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Doing-My-School-Work-Online-at-Home-for-Elearning-Days.pdf

https://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/I-Miss-My-Friends-at-School-Social-Narrative.pdf 

https://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Transition-Workbook-1.pdf

Autism Speaks Resources:


https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/five-ways-parents-can-advocate-their-child-autism-virtual-learning

https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/how-best-support-students-autism-virtual-learning-environment

https://www.autismspeaks.org/expert-opinion/prepare-back-school

https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/Back%20to%20School%20Plan%202020_TW_v2.pdf