It’s That Time of Year Again–

It’s That Time of Year Again — So…Let’s Chat

Important conversations to have before school starts.

14046032_10154520814439434_7100105341112961848_nChat with your child. Children with learning differences have challenges that should be discussed honestly and openly. Your child should have age-appropriate information about their diagnosis, so they are better equipped to manage their daily routine and advocate for themselves. Be honest and focus on the positive attributes of having a diagnosis such as ADHD or Dyslexia. For example, some students ADHD are extremely productive when in a safe environment with the ability to move about and work on hands-on activities.

Chat with your child’s teachers. Having open communication and a positive relationship with your child’s educators is imperative. Ensure that the administrators and educators understand your child’s interests, needs, strengths, and weaknesses, so the teachers are able to serve, educate, and support your child in the best manner possible.

Consider having a chat and a thorough check-up with the pediatrician, ensuring that, before a new school year, your child is healthy, both mentally and physically.

14067486_10154520814319434_7065953233043648216_nSome students have a tough time making new friends as each school-year begins. You can help by role-playing with your student and explaining social expectations and positive interactions with peers and teachers. Depending on your child’s age, rewards and praises are also helpful when helping your child navigate the treacherous waters of peer relationships. There are plenty of opportunities at school for students to learn how to manage peer-to-peer relationships, handle disagreements in a respectful manner, and self-advocate when necessary.

Routines:
Most students — no matter their age — appreciate and thrive on routines. Try your best to keep your daily schedules consistent. This will lead to successes, socially and academically. If there is homework to complete, (to help avoid “homework wars”), it may be best to have a snack and take a short break when arriving home, then beginning homework right away. If possible, keep a particular space set up for schoolwork and studying stocked with paper, pencils, markers, and other school supplies. Planners, binders, and other types of organizers are also helpful for keeping track of papers, test days, and assignment due dates. Check out THIS ARTICLE for more tips for staying organized and on schedule during the school year.

Other things to consider as the new school year approaches.
Extracurricular activities, such as team sports: Playing team sports is, for the most part, a very positive experience, but how will you work these activities into your already hectic schedule? How will you balance the necessities of being physically active and downfalls of being overly fatigued?
Screen-time: How much is too much? Too much can cause anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, and weight gain.
Reading for all ages. Reading is essential to learning no matter the age of the person. Many people struggle with Dyslexia or other reading disorders, so planning regular and consistent reading times for your child, can be very frustrating. Stay positive and encourage the use of resources such as audio books and text to talk applications.
Healthy eating and exercise habits: Provide healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for your child is an important part of your child’s academic and social success. Encourage your child to eat lunches and snacks at school and participate in recess activities.

13903342_10154489842084434_33647785948242893_nWe are all excited about another year of fun, learning, and making new friends. Make it a great 2016-2017 school year! Please plan on attending our Meet Odyssey Open House event on September 10, 2016 at Odyssey School from 11am-2pm.

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