Wow, here we are near the end of August!
As back-to-school is just around the corner, the last few weeks of August are a good time to take steps towards getting back into a routine and to talk about school so we start to pre-imagine it. Besides going back-to-school shopping, routines are important to practice to ease your child into the back-to-school transition.
September can be a particularly demanding time for some children as they might be transitioning to kindergarten, starting at a new school, changing classrooms and teachers, etc. Children (and all of us) tend feel more secure and regulated when things are predictable. Having some established and predictable routines in place supports children to handle the transition to school and new activities with less stress.
Routines can help develop a child's executive functioning skills such as:
Having a routine can also take the hassles out of morning, after-school transitions and evenings for both your child and yourself!
It can be extremely overwhelming to jump right into a full schedule right when school starts. We recommend a gradual introduction of a week to two weeks of re-establishing routines.
Here are some tips for what your family can do this week to start easing back into a routine:
We like this blog post about supporting your child's Executive Functioning and Back to School by our colleagues in Burnaby Schools: http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/slp/topic/executive-functions/
Here are some other helpful webpages on this topic:
Enjoy the last beautiful days of summer - go out and play together!
- Grow Speech & Language Therapy Team
Carla Monteleone & Deborah Carter own and operate Grow Speech and Language Therapy in Vancouver, BC