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Tips For Preparing Your Child with Autism for This Back-to-School Season

September 27, 2023

By ABA Psychological Services

Tips For Preparing Your Child with Autism for This Back-to-School Season
Are you a parent or caregiver of a child with autism who is returning to school? Back-to-school season can be stressful for all those involved. However, with the proper preparation, you can help your child's back-to-school transition much smoother and more manageable.

At ABA Psychological Services, we are dedicated to offering the highest quality ABA therapy to help your child with autism succeed. In this article, we will discuss some of the best tips we recommend for preparing your child with autism for this back-to-school season.

Prepare For School Routines
While knowing exactly what a typical school day will involve for your child may need to be clarified, there are certain things you can do, including introducing them to routines that you know they will experience in school and at home during the school year.

For instance, waking up and getting ready for school can be a routine to familiarize your child with before school begins. Teaching them a morning routine can help them transition to an actual school day faster and easier.

Familiarize Your Child with School Settings and Environments
A school setting can be a noisy, chaotic, or busy environment for your child. There may be loud noises and unexpected events that could make them feel uncomfortable. Helping your child to be more comfortable in these situations can help keep them calm.

Whether introducing your child to their teacher before school begins so they can become familiar with them, riding a bus beforehand if they plan to take a bus to school, or showing them their new school, it’s important to familiarize them with school settings and people and allowing them to get excited about what’s ahead.

Increased Social Interactions
School is a lively, fun, and engaging place for children with autism. They’ll have opportunities to meet and interact with other students, so helping your child become more comfortable in social interactions and situations can be very beneficial. For example, it can be helpful to reiterate the “dos” and “don’ts” about how they should talk to and act with other students and teachers.

ABA Therapy Techniques
As part of ABA Therapy, the experts at ABA Psychological Services focus on two main techniques based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles. The first technique is decreasing challenging behavior and increasing favorable behavior, which can include teaching children with autism skills to be more satisfied in situations such as social interactions with other children.

ABA Therapy also teaches increasing adaptive behavior and new skills. For this technique, ABA Therapy in a school setting can help children better control their emotions like anger. In a school setting, controlling anger in chaotic environments can be extremely important.

Book An Appointment with ABA Psychological Services
Get your child ready for school or help support them during the school year by enrolling them in either our clinic-based services or in-home services to help them thrive in school, at home, and in life.

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