Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Chantal Sicle-Kira's Back to School:
How to Prepare Your ASD Teen
It’s that time of year – back to school! First day jitters are normal for kids. But once they get back into the routine, most kids are usually fine. That’s not always the case with children who have an autism spectrum disorder who - even after a couple of weeks of school - still may be having trouble acclimating to new routines. Many have anxiety and do not tolerate changes in their routine. Parents play an important role in preparing their child for the upcoming year. Their involvement in assisting in the transition will influence their child’s attitude, confidence, and performance both academically and socially. Chantal Sicile-Kira is an author, advocate/speaker, and parent of a teen with autism. Check out her back to school tips for parents: Back to School 101: How Parents of ASD teens can get prepared for the school year. Scroll down and also read Back to School: How to Prepare Your ASD Teen. Hopefully you’ll be able to use one or two of these tips to ensure a positive start to the new school year and decrease in anxiety for the rest of the year. Best wishes to everyone for a successful transition back to school!