Children with autism often have trouble adjusting to a school environment. They are often unable to concentrate, they do not feel comfortable in a new setting, and are unable to communicate with their classmates. Even if your child is in a special school, it can be hard for them to adjust to the new environment in the first few days.
Children with autism like to have a sense of familiarity and nothing new can upset that. However, if your child is still having trouble at school even after a few months, then you might need to think.
Here is a step by step guide as to what you can do if your child with autism is having trouble at school.
Step 1: Making sure the school has what your child needs
- Your child with special needs will need certain special attention and methods to make sure their education is well rounded. You have to talk to your therapist and ask them what are the best learning methods for your child.
- Note down all the methods and then speak to the teacher and the school. Make sure they have special assistance and relevant education ways.
- Your views and opinions should be taken into consideration by the school. Ensure that they have all the required amenities that your child with special needs will need.
- You should be consulted on all decision that has an impact on your child. They should also discuss the teaching methods with you.
- Understand the kind of facilities that they provide. Also, check if they have a school therapist to handle any sudden emotional outbursts.
- Make sure that the school offers a personalized learning plan. Every disorder is different. Children with the same disorder will also not have the same symptoms or reactions. In such cases, ensure that the school understands what your child needs and if they have a customized learning plan for that.
Step 2- Talk To The School
Whether your child is going to a special school or an ordinary school, it is important to keep in contestant touch with their teachers. Teachers are the ones who will spend most of the time with your children with mental disorders. You need to talk to them about everything and also about what also your child needs.
- If your child is having trouble at school then first talk to the teachers. Ask them how your child is behaving and how they are performing in exams. You can also ask for independent professional evaluations.
- Before your child goes back to school, update the teachers about their progress. Tell them if your child is having any kind of difficulty that can affect their education. Also, update them about how that can be tackled and come up with proper plans with their teacher.
- Keep proper records of all the observations reported by their teachers. This will help you be updated with their homework and even their learning progress.
Tips for communicating with your child’s school:
Being vocal about what your child needs can be difficult. Sometimes schools just do not entertain and might brush it away.
- Set your goals: Write down everything you wish to explain. This can include the type of teaching method your child responds to, or how to handle your child. Decide what is important.
- Listen: School officials will also give their opinions. So listen to what they are saying and ask for clarifications if you do not understand.
- Come up with novel solutions: You can also come up with new ideas that can help your and other’s children to learn better.
- Do not give up: Np matter what, do not give up. Get your point across. This is for the future of your child, so make sure you get it your best. If the school is not willing to listen, then you can write to other officials and even the school board.
Step 3: Research And Support
When school starts your child with special needs ought not to be willing to go back. They might have a hard time adjusting or making friends. This can severely hamper their progress and education. Sometimes children with mental disorders take some time to settle down. However, if your child is still unwilling to go to school after a considerable amount of time, then you need to think.
Find Out The Why?
While most children with mental disorders find it hard to express. But try and talk to them and get them to open up. Why are they not willing to go to school? Is someone bullying them? Are the teachers not paying enough attention? Are they not enjoying the syllabus? Try and figure this out first.
Become An Expert
Once you understand the problem, or even if you are unable to, talk to their therapist. Understand all the reasons as to why your child might be unwilling to go to school. Research on new teaching methods for children with special needs.
Be A Good Influence
Children with special needs often tend to have role models. They also try to imitate the behaviors of their parents or teachers. So you need to be an example for them. You need to push them with warmth and love. You can encourage them and show them why hard work is needed. Help your child with disabilities see that their disorders are only speed bumps and through hard work, they can overcome that too.
If even after everything your child with special needs doesn’t want to go to school, then you might have to look beyond. Maybe the school is not suitable for them. Or the teaching methods are not appealing enough. Take all this into consideration and think about finding another school. You can look for a special school that is for specific disorders. For example: if your child suffering from autism, find a school that deals with children suffering from autism.
Be Involved In Your Child’s Education
Sometimes no matter how good the school is, your child still might not be satisfied enough. Schools are often overburdened with too many children. It can get difficult for them to give special attention to every child with a disability. In such cases, you cannot sit back and let the school do what they want. You also need to be an active part of your child’s education.
Know what they are teaching in school and implement that in your own home too. It can be quite hard to make your child with special needs sit and learn. But, it is needed and will go a long way. Use technology and apps to facilitate their learning at home.
How Does Your Child Learn The Best
Children with disabilities have different styles of learning. No matter what they are suffering from, each child will have a different learning style. This is something you need to identify. Does your child respond more to visual cues or audio cues? Does your child learn more by practice?
Research on the different methods of learning and use them in your day to day life. You will soon learn which is the most effective one. This way you can use that method and help your child progress. You can also convey that to their therapist and their teachers for added support.
Step 4: Include Healthy Habits
Sometimes your child with the disorder might not wish to go to school just because their brain is not thinking well enough. Your child might even refuse to do other essential activities like sleeping or brushing. To counter this, you need to maintain a healthy routine for your child.
Children with ASD, ADHD, OCD, and many other disorders crave routined lives. So make sure you create one for them. Include physical exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet. This will keep their mind healthy.
The routine will also set a pattern for them which they would want to follow.
Sleep is also extremely important. Sleep disorders are also quite common in children suffering from mental disorders. Not sleeping properly can cause several learning disabilities as well. So set a proper bedtime and a sleep routine for your child.