AARC Tip of the Month - August 2017
Back to School Tips
Back to School Tips

Dust off the Alarm Clock:  Summer is a time when the routine may be more laid back: kids might get to stay up late and sleep in a little later. Now that school is approaching, it is time to get the kids back into a routine. Change in routine can be hard for any child. To help with this transition, wake up your child at their "school" time starting a week or two prior to the first day of school.  Encourage him/her to go through the morning routine (getting dressed, eating breakfast, etc.) so that their body can adjust.

Plan, Plan, Plan:  Whether it's planning an early bedtime or prepping tomorrow's lunch, the  morning routine is made easier by thinking ahead. Lay out clothes, check backpacks,  even put toothpaste on the toothbrush! The more you simplify their routine, the  smoother it will go.

School Supplies: Pick up school supplies well in  advance so that your child can get used to them. Some children may feel rewarded by new supplies, while other children may prefer familiar items; be sure to keep any favorite items from last year. Color code notebooks and materials (including making textbook covers) for different classes. For example, blue equals math, red equals English, etc. Color coding will help your child identify and keep their materials together. Color coding can also be integrated with a picture schedule.

Get school clothes, uniforms, and shoes early, too. Wash them many times, and cut off the labels if this is what your child is used to. Also, create a social story or picture schedule for school routines, and start reviewing and practicing early.
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for books on the  SESA website, or contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907-334-1301 

Electronic books may be accessed from anywhere in the state. If you've used our ebooks before,  go to the login page here.  If you haven't, please contact Anne so she can set up a username and password for you.  

You can also look for additional articles in a variety of databases by using SLED, which is available for free for all Alaskans:  http://lam.alaska.gov/sled
Be Brave
By: Pam Kissoondyal
Balboa Press, 2015
ISBN:  9781504340106

Description: A mother tells her son to be brave as the first day of school approaches each year.
The First Days of School: How to be an effective teacher
By: Harry K. Wong & Rosemary T. Wong
Harry K. Wong Publications, c1998.
ISBN:  9780962936029

Description: Used by new and veteran teachers, college instructors, and administrators, this is a beautifully designed book on classroom management, student achievement, and teacher effectiveness. Color graphics.
Late, lost and unprepared : a parents' guide to helping children with executive functioning
By: Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie C. Dietzel
Woodbine House, c2008.
ISBN:  9781890627843

Description: "Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. Late, Lost, and Unprepared is a must-have book for parents for parents of children from primary school through high school who struggle with:
  • iIpulse control (taking turns, interrupting others, running off) 
  • cognitive flexibility (adapting to new situations, transitions, handling frustrations)
  • initiation (starting homework, chores, and major projects)
  • working memory (following directions, note-taking, reading and retaining info)
  • planning & organizing (completing and turning in homework, juggling schedules)
  • self-monitoring (making careless errors, staying on topic, getting into trouble but not understanding why).
Written by clinical psychologists, Late, Lost, and Unprepared emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach to intervention: 1) helping the child to manage demands in the short run, and 2) building independent skills for long-term self-management. Full of encouragement and practical strategies, the book's organization--short chapters with overviews, summaries, case studies, tips, and definitions--makes it easy to grasp concepts quickly and get started." amazon.com
My New School: A workbook to help students transition to a new school
By: Melissa L. Trautman
Foreword By: Brenda Smith Myles
Autism Asperger Pub. Co., c2010.
ISBN:  9781934575659

Description: "For many students with autism spectrum disorders, even relatively minor changes to their daily routines and schedules are overwhelming; imagine how traumatic moving to a new school would be! Written by somebody who truly knows kids, this interactive book addressed directly to the student takes a practical and honest approach to this anxiety-provoking subject by acknowledging the difficulties transferring to a new school can bring and engaging the students in a series of proactive activities designed to lessen his fears by resulting in tangible steps to take, to-do lists, checklists, etc. Whether the transfer is due to a typical transition between school levels, a family move, divorce or whatever, this book is sure to make the transition smoother." - Publisher's website.
Solve Your Child's School-Related Problems
By:  National Association of School Psychologists
Edited By: Michael Martin and Cynthia Waltman-Greenwood, with Pamela Novotny
Produced by the Philip Lief Group, Inc. HarperCollins, c1995.
ISBN:  0062733664

Description: "... advises parents how to help their child succeed in school and offers enlightened and effective solutions to more than 70 common problems that kids have in school."
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