My youngest daughter is going to kindergarten this year. She does have trouble getting to sleep at night sometimes. The energy she has is amazing. I can’t count the many times that she has been up past midnight and still giggling to some unseen force within her bedroom and jibber-jabbering to herself.
Also, she has disabilities. We already know that she has ADD/ADHD and is globally delayed with learning disabilities that seem similar to autism but not fully. Routine is very important to a child with disabilities. I have had much experience in this being the fact that I myself had to go through it as a child. The mounds of paperwork from teachers and psychologists and what not are inches thick. My daughters will be, too.
So, to get her ready for kindergarten I have to keep up with her potty training. If you’ve read my past articles, you will know that I have had a struggle. Things are definitely getting better. She just has to be reminded every two hours now. So, making sure you disabled kindergartner has a routine down for the potty is very good for heading off to school.
Next, is the always hot topic of the sleep schedule. Routine, routine, routine. You can’t get enough of it. My daughter does have a full routine involving, dinner, bath, short movie, potty, and reading. She pretty much created this routine herself. These doesn’t always work with every child with disabilities.
Getting up. Right as my daughter gets up I take her to the bathroom. Then breakfast, dressing, brushing her teeth an hair, shoes, and if we have enough time, a reading video, then potty. I am hoping to begin driving my daughter to school to make the transition more personal and comfortable for both of us. As with my experience, school buses are cruel memories for a child with any sort of disability. Plus, driving your child to school, granted you have the time, shows your support in your child’s education.
Dropping your child off at school will vary from child to child. You can walk them to their classroom door or t what ever room they have to meet in in the morning. My child’s school offers parents to volunteer their time in the class room. This is a great idea for children with disabilities. As thy can know that they are in a safe place and that you know where they are. You can decrease your time spent in the classroom if you’d like. Another way to help your child in a routine in school if you are allowed to attend from time to time, is that you can help the teachers form a more comfortable environment for your child. Where might they need help? Is the class right for your child? So on and so forth.
Picking them up instills a sense of routine and trust in a child, Thy can meet you with a teacher outside the doors or you can go directly to the classroom. Most likely I will be picking my daughter up at the classroom.
Every child is different. So, you should use these as guidelines and then alter them to best fit both your disabled child’s and yourself in manners of needs.
Another helpful hint is to make sure that things are in there place. That way in the morning your child knows where everything is. You can start by doing this a week before school starts. So, that they know what to expect and aren’t thrown by a sudden change other than when they get up and what time they leave.