“Back to School” Routines to Help Special Needs Students Thrive. : The Broach Buzz

“Back to School” Routines to Help Special Needs Students Thrive.

by The Broach School of Jacksonville on 08/09/13

All children do better in school when there is structure and routines, but this is especially true with children with learning disabilities and special needs.  The lazy days of summer are almost over and it's time to start preparing your family for the start of school.  Here are a few suggestions to help you and your children get back on schedule to start the school year off successfully.

1.   Schedule Your Child's "Well Check-up"
If you haven't done this already, Carespot is still running a $10 off special for school and sports physicals.  To find out a Carespot facility near you Click Here!

2.   Start Going to Bed Earlier
By moving up your child's bedtime in increments at least two weeks prior to school starting, you are adjusting their bodies to the new wake up time for school.
The CDC, Center for Disease Control, recommends the following amount of sleep needed each night for a child based on their age.

Ages 1-3 years:    12-14 hours of sleep per night.
Ages 3-5 years:    11-13 hours of sleep per night.
Ages 5-10 years:  10-11 hours of sleep per night
Ages 10-17 years:  8.5-9.5 hours of sleep per night.

To read more on the benefits of sleep Click Here!

3.   Lay Out Clothes the Night Before
This is especially helpful if the child gets to help in picking out the outfit so there isn't a fight about what to wear in the morning.

4.   Shower and Bath the Night Before
Not only does this save time but it helps a child's body to relax.

5.   Have a "Wind Down" Routine an Hour Before Bed
This includes adolescents too. Eliminate all caffeine and sugar at least three hours prior to bedtime.  Try reading or quiet music instead of TV or computers. One Mom has the coolest idea for what she does with her daughter before bedtime.  To read about it, Click Here!

6.   Wake Up the Same Time Everyday 2 Weeks Prior to School Starting
Just like adults, a child's "body clock" adjusts over time.  So don't expect children to jump out of bed on the first day of school if you haven't worked up to it.

7.   Prepare a Good Nutritional Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it speeds up your child's metabolism.  It is like putting gas in the car, your child needs fuel for the day. There are so many ways to get great recipes with TV and the internet. Here is a list of nutritious meals that I found Here!

8.   Prepare Lunches the Night Before
Anything you can do the night before school always helps with the rush to get out the door, but finding a variety of different nutritious meals that your children will actually eat is also the challenge.  The Food Network has some great recipes Here!

We all want happy kids and children that are well rested and not stressed will do better at school in general.  Routines and structure helps special needs children to thrive and gives them a pattern to follow that develops good behaviors.
We hope your first day of school is a great one!

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