6 Tips for Back to School
Jessica Glenbocki

Back to School Tips for Your Child

6 Tips for Back to School
Jessica Glenbocki

Back to School Tips for Your Child

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Before heading back to school, follow these tips to help ensure your kids have a safe, happy, and productive year!

1. Make the First Day Easier

Remember that you don’t need to wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to addressing any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. However, the best time to get help might be 1-2 weeks before school opens.

2. Think Positive

Point out the positive aspects of starting school to help your kids look forward to the first day of class. For example, talk about how they will see old friends and meet new ones.

3. Buddy Up for Back to School

Find another child in the neighborhood your child can walk to school or ride with on the bus.

4. Provide Your Support

If you or your child feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with them) to school and pick them up on the first day. Get there early on the first day to cut down on unnecessary stress.

5. Eat a Healthy Breakfast and Lunch

Studies show that children who eat nutritious meals function better. They do better in school and have better concentration and more energy. On the first day of school, pack your child’s lunch. Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home or have them posted on the school’s website. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.

6. Start Good Homework and Study Habits

Starting with the first day, create a homework-friendly environment. Children need a consistent workspace in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet and without distractions that promote studying. Some children need extra help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems. Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do your child’s homework for them.

About the Author

I am an occupational therapist with 12 years of experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working in the field for a number of years, I obtained my certification in sensory integration. I currently work with school-based children in a virtual setting, focusing on fine motor, visual motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. I am also pursuing my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy through Shawnee State University’s on-line program. My pediatric experience includes working with children of all ages in various settings such as hospital based out-patient clinic, private out-patient clinic, early intervention, and school-based; brick and mortar and virtual schools. It is my hope to help educate and provide you with the tools to allow your child to reach their greatest potential. Treatment approaches focus on play and client/child centered interventions. My passion is helping children and families live their lives to the fullest!

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