It's that time again!
The first few weeks of the school year are so important and set the tone for the entire year. Self-regulation is crucial throughout the year, but there are barriers at the beginning of the year. Children are coming in from less structure. They haven't had to regulate very well for a couple of months.
6 Things to be Mindful of:
1. Flexible reminders during the first few weeks are crucial.
2. Use questions.
3. Challenge the unhealthy thoughts and behaviors gently, but consistently.
4. Keep your eyes and ears alert for serious changes in the child's mood or behavior from the previous year.
5. Review the IEP.
6. Encourage Self-determination and responsibility for their own responses. Very important.
Good luck during this "Back to School Season."
You are making a difference every day.
Questions and comments WELCOME:)
Brad Chapin LCP, LMLP
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