We hear a lot about summer regression when returning to school in the Fall. But for many of our kiddos, they’ve worked hard and made great strides these past few months!
Here are 3 tips to make sure parents and teachers are adapting the new school year to support these improved skills.
- Review the goals/skills your child/student has worked on over the summer and highlight areas of growth – especially any changes in the level of supports they receive. Communicate (or ask about) these awesome accomplishments!
If they spent all summer learning how to say “Good morning, how are you?” without any prompts, make sure it’s incorporated and celebrated by the school staff right off the bat.
- Review any new language cues that have been successful over the summer. Have them shared with school staff!
Whether it’s “find a friend” that cues them to buddy up with a peer or “that’s so junior high” when praising a positive response, communicating any new positive phrases that work for your child/student can make their communication in the new environment more familiar and less stressful.
- Review any previous school year’s visual supports to make sure they are appropriate for your child/student’s current ability level. This includes those very important coping skills!
Many of our kiddos progress from picture cards to non-verbal cues over the summer – like only needing a thumbs up now instead of a “good job” cue card. Honor and support this awesome climb up the communication ladder!
Going back to school is a stressful time for everyone. Celebrate those summer accomplishments and start the year on a positive note!
Good luck to us all!