Routines make it easier for both children and adults to know what is expected of them and what might happen next. It is useful to have a set morning and afternoon routine for your child. For example, coming home from school, getting changed, having an afternoon snack, having some free time to play outside/inside and then continuing with dinner and bedtime routines.
4. It’s about the journey
Familiarize your child with the journey to school. Take a practise drive, walk or public transport trip to school. Talk about what you see on your trip and the next steps for when you arrive at school.
5. Prepare self-help skills
Encourage your child to be aware of their belongings and clothing items. It’s also useful to make sure they can open their lunchbox on their own and use the toilet independently. Show them how to ask for help and talk about who they can go to if they need any support at school.
6. Keep it positive
Both you and your child are doing their best to adjust to this new routine. Remember to praise your child’s positive attempts, for example, if they help you to pack their bag.
7. Go over any school information provided
Your child may already have completed an orientation program at their school so it can be useful to go over any resources or information that was provided to you.
It is also really beneficial to check your child’s hearing and vision before they start school or soon after.
These tips may also benefit children starting high school or changing schools throughout the year.
Starting school is a new step for both you and your child, so putting in place some supports is a great way to help you both! It is a good idea to regularly touch base with your child’s teacher and school if needed.
Early years allied health professionals, such as the team at Beam Health, can support you and your child if you think they need further support to develop their emotional regulation, social skills or communication.
For more resources, including communication milestones and fact sheets, Speech Pathology Australia’s website has some great information.