Going back to school is a change in the summertime routine. 

For those who have Autism, this can and often does prove to be challenging. 

Routines are important for those with Autism.  It allows for a way to cope with the variety of life.   But changes are necessary. 

With the added pressure of IEP (individual education plans) and the usual back to school pressures of buying clothes/backpacks and supplies, we should look at going back to school as a positive moment for any child, especially one who is on the Spectrum. 

Conveying this message to a child who is accustomed to the summertime routine is rather easy, and here are some tips that may help get you started: 

  • First, discuss and talk about school.  Get him/her acclimated about the prospect that there will be change.  Talk about the different subjects they may be learning.  Talk about the teachers and meeting other kids.
  • Secondly, try role playing the new routine.  Getting on the bus, talking with new people.  Think of any school type situation and practice these social moments with your child.  These role playing situations will help provide a guideline as new experiences come up – and you both can find the best way to respond together.
  • Third, have fun!  Any child needs to know that going to school should be fun.  Try not to stress out about these moments, but rejoice in them. 

As a parent, going back to school is a sign that your child is getting older, and that can be tough.   For a child with Autism, new routines are scary – and that’s ok.   Because of this, remind yourself that you both are in this challenge together. 

If you have any tips, feel free to share them.  We’re all in this challenge together as parents, and it would be good to hear your feedback as well.

Joel Manzer

Joel Manzer is the lead editor for Autisable.com, a site which publishes real blogs by people tackling the puzzle of autism.

Autisable was born following a difficult two year process when Joel’s son was diagnosed with autism. It was at that moment that his life-long mission became clear. He began helping not only his own family but the millions of others who deal with autism’s triumphs and challenges in everyday life.

Joel manages Autisable with the same love and determination in his own life. He invites you to become a member of the community which laughs, cries and shares their comments and questions about autism at www.Autisable.com

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