The countdown has begun, 9 days until Ollie goes back to school.
In fact he’s starting at a whole new school, in the ASD unit. He has been out of school since november last year, so its a huge change and its actually very scary. Ollie’s experiences at his old school were dreadful so school is a very negative place as far as he is concerned.
Neither the school, nor myself are expecting this to be easy, its expected that I will be staying in the school building for at least the first 4 weeks and that it will probably take a few weeks till Ollie is doing full days so I want Ollie and myself to be as prepared as possible.
Im trying (not entirely successfully so far) to get a good bedtime routine established before school starts, the big stumbling block is the fact that he wants to sleep in my bed. Although tonight he fell asleep in his bed, with no tears by 10:15 pm.
Ive also set my alarm, we are going to start getting up at 7:00 this week, so Its not a big shock to Ollie when he has to get up early for school. (We’ve been waking up at 9 over the holidays)
We have already bought school shoes, and his uniform is ordered, I’ve left the shoes out so he can get used to seeing them around, and I’m hoping his uniform comes asap so I can hang it around the house, little things to help plant the ‘going to school’ seed in his head. Ive also got his lunch bag put where its visible in the kitchen.
I’m mentioning school every day, not enough to overwhelm him, just enough so that its becoming the norm to talk about school.
Ive made some visual charts for Ollie, the morning one is especially important because mornings are very difficult with Ollie. Especially school mornings.
Is there anything else I should be doing that will help prepare us for Going back to school ?
Any suggestions/advice welcome.