The Dreaded “T Word” - Transitions! (Part Two)

August 15, 2018

In part one of this journey towards a smoother back to school transition, we looked at tips that will help make the process better for everyone! If your child is living with autism, transitions can be very hard for them to adapt to. Join us today for the concluding tips on how to make this change less stressful!


Pinnacle Autism Therapy is a great resource for autistic kids dealing with transition. Ask about how ABA therapy can benefit your family!


Create a Daily To-Do Schedule With Pictures


Whether you draw out or take pictures of what the daily schedule looks like, make a step-by-step checklist of what to do so your child can see what’s next. This can be as detailed as including the morning, school, and evening routine, or a little less detailed with what to expect at school. Consider even making copies of the checklist and sending one to school that they can refer to or post in up in the classroom.


Create a Bio For the School Personnel


It’s important to advocate for your child and familiarize the staff with who they are! Oftentimes, with autism, the child looks completely normal and staff members don’t realize they have an autism spectrum disability, which can create issues later on. When everyone is on the same page about your child’s strengths and opportunities, dietary concerns, and sensory issues, it’s easier for staff members to be inclusive and sensitive to their needs. Include fun things like what they’re interested in and fun facts about what makes them unique. Important staff to include are:


  • Homeroom teacher (if applicable)
  • Autism program teachers and aids
  • Principal and assistant principal
  • Specialist teachers (PE, art, music)
  • Therapists (occupational, physical, speech)


Work With an ABA Center and Craft a Behavior Plan


If your child spends time in both environments — both the traditional and the ABA schools — ask them to work on a behavior plan that can be followed in both. If a plan is already in place and has been working, include this is the letter that you write to the school, and if things need to be refined, you have time to do so.


Educate the School Staff on Their Devices


If your child uses different tools and technology to communicate, ensure that the staff all know how to use and understand it. Contact the school before the school year begins and make sure everyone can use it and feels comfortable with it.


Help Comfort Your Child With Sensory Items


If your child has sensory issues, the first day back to school can be an extreme sensory overload for them. Make sure on the first day they have items to comfort and soothe them and that it’s always available for them.


Get Support


This time of year is difficult for both your child, and you as a parent or caregiver, so it’s never a bad thing to seek support from those who can relate with having a child with autism. You may even find solace in autism centers with teachers who have experience and skills to help you and your child cope with the upcoming change.  


Each tip listed is a testament of every parent or caregiver that has been in your shoes and has gotten through the back to school transition.


For more information about how we can be involved, reach out today!




The Dreaded “T Word” – Transitions! (Part One)
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