5 Success Tips for Parents This School Year

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!

Create Structure

  • 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. 

Be Positive

  • 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.
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