When families are invested in their children’s education, the children tend to do better in school and have a greater desire to learn. There are many ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year.
Here are some ideas to get you started!
- Creating a structure is important for every child but, for children with special needs, providing structure is fundamental for their learning experience.
- Remember these 3 things: Consistent routines, clear expectations, and predictability. These are essential practices when developing a structure for your child. A defined structure will help to create order in daily routines and ensure your child feels physical/emotional safety and security in their environment.
- Remaining calm and maintaining a positive outlook can be difficult in some situations. It’s important to remember that positive attitudes are contagious and can actually be learned. Sharing a positive attitude towards education with your children can help them develop positive attitudes towards school and learning.
- Reward and praise your child for following routines and expectations. This reinforcement makes it more likely that they will continue to follow instructions and expectations in the future.
- Start a gratitude journal, even if it’s just on a note in your phone. It can be a simple and easy reminder of the positives in your life.
Look for Respite Resources
- Scheduling respite care on a regular basis will give you a necessary break to take some time for yourself. When you take time to recharge, you’ll have the energy to give more and enjoy doing it.
- Where to find respite care:
- Friends & Family
- Advocacy Groups
- Nonprofit Organizations (like Foundation for Dreams!)
- State Government Programs
Use Visual Schedules
- Visual schedules are helpful for your child to understand the steps that are required for specific routines.
- Using visual schedules regularly can increase your child’s confidence and independence to perform routines.
- Below is an example of a bath time visual schedule:
Take Time to Connect with Your Child
- Life can get busy, but it’s important to take some time each day to connect with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in children’s success in school.
- Showing interest in your child’s education and what they have to say can leave a lasting impact on their confidence and enthusiasm towards learning. This can be as simple as talking about your day or going over their homework.