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List of resources below:
- Additional Needs Children
- Social Skills and Children on the Spectrum
- School Readiness
- What's Important in Making Sure that a Child is 'School Ready'
- Keryn's School Transition Top Tips
2. SOCIAL SKILLS AND CHILDREN ON THE SPECTRUM
The following article is written by a mother of a girl who we have been lucky enough to have in our Corroboree Group during 2016. It explains explicitly the social challenges that children on the spectrum have and tips on how to help them. An EXCELLENT article and well worth reading!
3. School Readiness Videos:
Watch this video for tips on school readiness:
4. What's important in making sure a child is 'School Ready':
Parents are often confused when the topic of 'School Readiness' comes up. What does it actually mean? Does it equate to a child's general cognitive abilities or is something else? This article was written by Kath Walker (OAM and a leading parenting and education expert, public speaker and author) pinpoints that being 'school ready' is not just about the academics but that social and emotional ‘readiness’ are the most important factors.
5. Keryn’s ten top tips for a smoother school transition:
After teaching Prep and Pre-Prep for over 20 years I've had lots of gorgeous cherubs start their school life with me. I have learnt that anything can happen during those first few days of school, most of which brings a smile to most adults, but to a child these fears or misunderstandings of the unknown are very real. Discussing them or having some systems in place truly helps.
1. Take your child to your chosen school before the start of the school year for a play in the playground. If there is a specified 'Prep' playground and you can take them to that particular playground; even better. See if you can find their classroom and show them where their closest outside toilet will be.
2. Talk to them about the different toileting system – girls and boys have separate toilets which is often different to kinder and talk to them about shutting the door when they are in the toilet - you could even practice this at a local shopping centre (which usually have the same locking system).
3. Get them to practice wearing their school uniform/hat and using their lunch box. Having a special key ring or bag tag on their bag will make it easier for them to find it among all the other identical school bags.
4. Get them used to recognising their name and if possible, writing their name (with a capital at the start and lower case to follow).
5. Read to your child every day and discuss the book prior (what the book may be about by looking at the cover and pictures), during (what may happen next) and at the end (what happened, what was your favourite part, retell in your own words, etc.).
6. Get children used to being away from you including for larger periods of time.
7. Develop independent skills such as how to pack/unpack their bag, dressing, toileting, washing hands, how to ask for something they need, etc. Also show them the difference between 'play lunch/snack' and 'lunch' and that they don't eat all their food at the fist eating time.
8. Have a good sleep routine in place – a tired child will find the start of the school year tricky! Especially as Melbourne always seems to start it's second phase, and much hotter phase, of summer just in time for school return!
9. Write a story together about starting school – take photos of them at their new school, in their uniform, with their lunch box, etc. Discuss all the new experiences that school will offer - new friends, the playtimes outside, having specialist teachers e.g., P.E., art, maybe a language and any other subject that your school may offer - gardening, science, music, library, etc.
10. If possible, organise a play date/s with a child/some children they will be attending school with. Having a/some familiar faces when they start school can help.