Back to School Tips
Some simple ways you can help your child now that school has started.
1. Decide on a plan for after-school activities, but don't over schedule them. Make sure there is adequate time for homework, free play, clubs, sports, practice and just looking at the clouds and daydreaming. Let kids be kids!
2. Cut back on TV time that just keeps the kids occupied. Consider establishing a family reading time in which you and older siblings read to the younger ones.
3. Set a bed time and routine for school nights that gives your child adequate rest but that also works for you. If you are having difficulty getting the kids to sleep, give ASCF a call for some assistance.
4. Mark each family member’s activities on a large calendar using different colored pens.
5. Update phone numbers of your workplace, doctors, and other listings for the school office, after-school program and one or two neighbors.
6. If you transport your child, consider setting up a car pool and work out a schedule of who can drive kids when. Have a backup plan if you can't drive on your day.
7.If transportation is a related service in your child's IEP and it's not working, contact ASCF for guidance.
8. Set up a study space for your child with needed supplies i.e. pens, pencils. The child's bed may not be best place to do homework or study.
9. Have a file for school papers and notices in it so you don’t misplace them.
10. Set up a binder for your child's reports, IEP, and other records so you will be more organized for meetings and school contacts. ASCF has created a great workshop to organize your records. Call to get on the list for the next training.
11. Get children in the habit of getting ready the night before school. Set out clothes, pack lunch and put the backpack by the front door.
12. Show your child you are interested in his education by attending as many meetings and activities as you can.
Ways Others can Show Respect for Your Child
Your child may see different health and educational specialists. Here are some reminders on how they should treat your child with respect.
1. Make eye contact with the child and speak directly to him or her.
2. Include the child in the conversation as much as possible. If you are speaking about the child to another in front of the child, don't ignore the child.
3. Don't treat the child with a disability differently than anyone else. Don't ask questions you wouldn't ask a child without a disability unless it's necessary to treat the child's problems.
4. If the child has a hearing difficulty, get the child's attention first with a tap on the shoulder or a wave.
5. If the child has a speech difficulty, the person should speak normally and not interrupt or pretend to understand. They should be considerate of the extra time it might take for the child to say or do things.
6. If the child has visual difficulty, the person should speak to your child before touching him or her. When they offer to help, the child should take his or her arm and be guided, not pushed around.
7. Use person-first language that is respectful and puts the child first.
Don't get angry with others who may not be aware of how to interact with children with disabilities. ASCF has a handout with more suggestions that inform them about how to act.
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Marlin Art Auction
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Wayne Elks Lodge, 50 Hinchman Ave., Wayne, NJ 07470
Preview: 6:30 p.m. Auction: 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from this event will benefit ASCF's HELP S
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