We know that a change in routine can sometimes be challenging for people with autism. We met with our Community Connector, Nicola, to discuss useful tips and advice to help with the back to school transition.
Where possible, try and get back into your child's 'usual' routine. Start making changes gradually to give your child plenty of time to adjust, for example moving bed time or the time they wake up.
If your child has any worries, try and make time to sit down and talk about them together.
Consider using visual supports to help your child adjust. Visual supports can include photographs, social stories, symbols & signs, calendars or objects of reference such as a school jumper or book bag.
Talk about the things that haven't changed at school. Things like having the same uniform, or having the same adults supporting in their class, being dropped off and picked up in the same place etc.
Try to get everything your child needs ready the night before, helping to avoid any last minute rushing! Have you got their uniform, and their school shoes? Be as prepared as possible.
Remember to be kind to yourself. This can be a difficult time for parents/carers too. Don't forget to make time to take care of yourself.