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Helping Students with Learning Challenges Get Back to School with Ease

Helping Students with Learning Challenges Get Back to School with Ease

Going back to school can be a difficult time for many kids, but for those with learning challenges, it can be overwhelming. After a summer filled with freedom and play, jumping back into academic routines and expectations can make students feel anxious and stressed. Fortunately, with some careful planning and a few adjustments to expectations, students with learning challenges can start the school year off on the right foot. Whether you're a parent or a teen with a learning challenge, these strategies will help you set realistic goals and ease the transition back to school.

Plan for the Year Ahead

Having a clear plan for the academic year is essential for students with learning difficulties. Discuss with your child what they want to achieve academically. Create a realistic plan that works for them. Keep in mind that every child is different and may need more or less time to reach their academic goals. Be patient, supportive, and focus on progress rather than perfection. With realistic expectations, your child will feel less pressure and be more motivated to do their best.

Establish Routines Now to Minimize Stress Later

One of the best things you can do to help your child with a learning challenge succeed in school is to establish routines that promote a sense of predictability and calm. Before school starts, work with your child to create a schedule that includes regular bedtimes, meal times, and homework times. Set aside time each day for exercise and relaxation, too. This can be especially important for kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who may need extra help managing their energy levels.

Create a Quiet and Organized Workspace

Many kids with learning differences struggle with staying focused in a busy, noisy environment. Creating a quiet and organized workspace at home can help them concentrate better and complete homework tasks more efficiently. Make sure the workspace is well-lit and stocked with all the materials your child needs to complete work, including pencils, paper, and textbooks. Consider investing in noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions.

Communicate With Teachers and School Administrators

Before school starts, schedule a meeting with your child's teachers and school administrators to discuss your child's needs and learning challenges. Ask about accommodations and services that may be available, such as extra time on tests or modifications to assignments. This is also a good time to share any concerns you have and work with the school to develop a plan to support your child's learning.

Build a Strong Support System

Encourage your child to be open about their learning challenges in school. Having a strong support system can be a game-changer for students with learning challenges. Make sure that your child feels comfortable discussing concerns or challenges they may be facing in the classroom. Seek out support teams such as tutors, after-school programs, and study assistants who can offer academic assistance or help with homework. It's important to remember that support comes in different forms - family, friends, and teachers can also provide valuable moral support.

Celebrate Small Victories and Propel Progress

Going back to school can be difficult for kids with learning challenges, and setbacks and frustrations are bound to happen. It's important to celebrate small victories and progress to keep your child motivated and focused on the future. Remind your child that every step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.

Practice Self-Care and Encourage Your Child to Do the Same

It's important to prioritize self-care for both you and your child. Going back to school can be stressful, but carving out time for things you enjoy and finding ways to unwind can help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. Encourage your child to find hobbies and interests that they enjoy and prioritize self-care activities like meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature.

As we enter a new school year, it's important to remember that the beginning of the academic year can be stressful for kids with learning challenges. By using these strategeis, parents and kids alike can ease the transition back to school and set the stage for a successful year. Regardless of your child's learning challenge, remember that progress and success take time, so be patient and stay positive as you work together toward academic and personal growth.

Welcome to Orinda Academy

We are excited to welcome our students back to campus. If you’re looking for a new school for your student, come learn more about Orinda Academy. We are a high-support, independent school that helps students enjoy the best parts of the high school experience with the personal support and encouragement to help them grow. We’ve helped thousands of students to confidently tackle challenges and master the skills they need to thrive in the world.

We invite you to get to know Orinda Academy through shadow visits, interviews, open house events, and campus tours.