Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD
Thinking ahead and keeping a calendar with important dates can help make transition smoother
MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The start of a new school year isn't always easy, especially for kids with developmental and behavioral issues, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Parents of these children may also have concerns about what lies ahead for their youngsters.
But keeping a positive outlook is important for a smooth transition, according to Dr. Anson Koshy.
"Starting a new school year is an exciting time, it can also be a source of anxiety to both parents and children, particularly for families with children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)," Koshy said.
He is assistant professor and developmental pediatrician at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
"The sooner children with ASDs have access to evidence-based services and treatment, the more likely they are to progress," he added in a university news release.
Aside from staying positive, Koshy provides the following tips to help children ease back into the school year:
"Teachers want every child to be successful, and parents want to see their children reach their full potential," Koshy said.
"This is a process and change rarely occurs overnight. If the transition into the school year is a little tough for your family or child in the beginning, remind yourself of your child's previous accomplishments. Talk with your child's teacher for a better picture of what they are seeing in the classroom setting," he added.
Parents should be patient about seeking initial evaluations of their child's performance at school, noted Koshy.
"When trying to assess if a child has symptoms of ADHD or if a prescribed ADHD medication is effective in a new academic year, it's helpful to wait until after the first month of school to evaluate how your child is doing," he said. "This allows for the reality of routines and expectations to set in order to gain a more realistic measurement."
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