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Back to School

Parents of children with autism are always trying to plan and prepare ahead of time. Unfortunately, we can’t account for every detail but here are a few tips for reducing the stress associated with back to school from school psychologist Dr. Peter Faustino.

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6. "Create a daily school schedule for your child. You may not know the exact routine, but even walking through one day may make your child feel more at ease."

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"I have been so lucky to have such wonderful teachers in my life through elementary, middle, and the beginning of high school."

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"He has autism. New places and new people terrify him. He worries about the unpredictability of a new schedule and a new classroom."

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"I know you don't understand why it means so much to me that my son has a friend. I know you are happy to play with a boy who is filled with life and laughter. I won't say thank you for being his friend, because I know you like him for him and not to get a pat on the back."

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"Yes, school may be hard for my son who has autism, but together we can make this year one of growth and learning and joy."

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"Most of all, thank you in advance for believing in him and joining in the effort to help him fulfill his great potential."

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