Updated: Apr 6
Transitioning from summer to a new school year is hard for any child, but it is particularly difficult for children who have trouble processing new sensations or routines. Many children can be challenged by life's daily exposures. Diets, noises, smells, clothing material and lighting are only a few of the experiences that can cause issues. Sensory Processing Issues are present in 80% of children with autism alone. We suggest using some of the tips below to help everyone have a happy school year! Sincerely, Susan Donohoe President, Kozie Care LLC 484-624-5751 firstname.lastname@example.org
So now school has started, what’s next when raising a sensory child?
Do you have an evening and morning routine-using a simple picture schedule is helpful for all children
Write a nice note describing your child’s issues and ask for a private conference. You don’t want any of the teachers misinterpreting sensory behaviors so let them know what it looks like. It is better to let them know what they may expect. List any accommodations that have worked in school and at home. Don’t forget to list the positives too! Ask them to communicate any issues because you are willing to help.
In this note ask for a meeting starting with the main teacher and don’t forget to reach out to all of the minor subject teachers as well (gym, library, music, art, etc
Teacher meeting suggestions
Suggest starting a communication log
Come from a positive position appealing to the teacher’s experience. It is easier to make changes from the positive approach then the negative.
Take responsibility for your part in addressing your child’s behavior as well as involving your child in the responsibility
You may need help from an OT, school counselor, etc, to explain your information to teachers whom may not be so sensory informed. Try to be patient
Talk to all the teachers and therapists who will be working with your child to make sure you are all on the same page. For instance, there may be a reason your child can not make eye contact when overloaded in a loud environment or have the need to hold something when there are abrupt changes in the schedule
Be Positive as your child picks up on your emotions
No One knows your child better than you, however remain open to suggestions from others
Don’t be afraid to teach the school, if necessary, recognize and manage sensory behavior. It will benefit not only your child but all children
Be Positive, your child picks up on your emotions
At Kozie Clothes, we know that all children can benefit from physical activity that involve well-thought-out motor, multi-sensory, and cognitive experiences. For children who have difficulty navigating their environment, the world can be a scary and