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Sep 2, 2015

Prepare your special-needs child for a successful school year

As a caregiver, your actions before the start of the school year can spell the difference between success and failure for your child.

Preparation is crucial to the success of any endeavor. This includes each school year, especially for the special-needs child.

Even if your student has an approved Individualized Education Program (IEP), communicate with your child’s teacher before s/he has a classroom full of pupils. Share at least the following about your child:
• What holds his/her interest?
• What is s/he passionate about?
• Is s/he on medicine? If so
- When will the medication be most effective?
- When will it be least effective or absent?
- What are the side effects to watch out for?
• How can you be reached during the school day?

Begin establishing routines at home that your child can carry into the classroom.
• Add some exercise and movement
- Choose an activity that contributes to your child’s sense of accomplishment
- Use this at the end of the school day to increase “feel good” endorphins and fight depression, juvenile arthritis, and obesity
- Teach your child exercises s/he can do seated at a desk without anyone noticing (finger stretches, foot and shoulder circles, for example)
• Go outside and play
- 20 minutes of sunshine a day will boost Vitamin D levels and improve mood; research has shown that nature walks calm the nervous system
• Make learning fun
-Identify if your child learns more with visual, sound, or tactile cues and activities
- Include brain-training games
- Do any required activity in a game-like format until it becomes easy
• Praise and reward desirable behavior even if it’s just a small step towards a larger goal
- Completing tasks
- Doing something that is necessary but not fun
- Making healthy choices
- Choosing to do what is right
• Stock your refrigerator and pantry with healthy foods; toss the unhealthy items
- Omega-3 in fish helps brain function
- Protein prevents blood sugar spikes and hyperactivity for those with diabetes and ADHD and a protein based breakfast will maintain better blood sugar through the day
- Vitamins like B6, vitamin C, iron, and zinc all play a role in maintaining strong, healthy bodies and minds;  some children need extra iron--this requires testing
• Turn the talk around
- Take the negative “I can’t ___” and help your child articulate all s/he CAN do

How will you prepare your child for the best school year ever?

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