Is your child starting kindergarten soon? Are you worried that your child is not prepared for the transition? Do you worry that they may fall behind their classmates? As summer winds down and the new school year approaches, keep these tips in mind. You will help prepare your child for a new setting and give yourself ease at mind as you drop them off for their first day! Our Autism Treatment Center is proud to provide you with the information you need to enhance the life of your child! Start out with these steps:
Practice being independent
In a school setting, your child will not be able to turn to you for help. Make sure your child can use the restroom, follow directions, eat lunch, tie their shoes, etc. independently.
Go on adventures
Take an adventure to a children’s museum, to the aquarium, a fair, etc. Having your child experience different settings will help them to become knowledgeable of different environments.
Incorporate learning into play
While engaging in a play activity, think of creative ways to incorporate numbers, colors, concepts, etc.
Work on gross and fine motor skills
Help your child practice their fine motor skills that will come in handy during class time, such as, drawing a line, cutting a piece of paper, etc. Help them practice their gross motor skills by working on balance and coordination (hop, skip, jump).
Help your child become more social by scheduling play dates. Interacting with other children will help them learn sharing, listening, and how to cooperate with others.
Talk a lot!
The more words your child knows, the better! Be chatty and engage in conversation in various environments to help increase your child’s vocabulary.
Mimic the school day
Help prepare your child for school by showing them what to expect. Take them to tour the school, setup a play date with some of their classmates so they can recognize familiar faces and explain the pickup and drop-off routine for the school days.
Teach numbers, colors, and letters
To help your child start off on the right foot, make sure they can recognize basic shapes, colors, numbers, and letters!
Read to your child
Reading to your child everyday has many benefits. It will teach your child new words, how to read left to right, how to engage in a plot line, etc.
Sync bedtime routine
As summer ends and the school year approaches, start framing bedtimes and mornings to mimic the schedule of the school year. It is best to do this about a month before the first day of school to give your child plenty of time to adjust!
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