Does Your Child Struggle with the Transition Back to School?

It’s hard to believe, but over the next few weeks, most kids will be back in school (my niece and nephews started last week and my newly minted high-schooler starts next week!). Summer flew by and I’m frantically transitioning my daughter out of her summer sleep schedules and gathering her school supplies.

The beginning of a new school year brings lots of changes for everyone, but it can be an especially challenging time for families with children who struggle with reading and writing, math, focus, and/or organization, or with learn or attention issues such as ADHD or dyslexia. Children with these types of challenges can feel especially stressed during the back-to-school season, as they face new subjects, teachers, friends, and schools., a free and easy-to-use online community designed to support parents and caregivers of children with learning and attention issues, and the Ad Council have partnered to promote ways that children and their families can be First-Day Ready. Hopefully these tips will help parents with students at every age successfully manage back-to-school transitions.

  1. Plan early- A few weeks in advance, make checklists and calendars, and start settling into the school year routine with earlier bedtimes and wakeups. This Backpack Checklist and sample Homework Contract can help you prepare.
  2. School Walk-Through- If your child is starting a new school, schedule a walk-through to learn the lay of the land and help your child feel more comfortable finding their way around.
  3. Connect With Teachers: If possible, reach out before school begins to discuss your child’s needs or learning style. You can fill in this card in advance to help guide that conversation If you can’t meet with the teacher in person, send your child to school with an introduction letter that can help your student speak up about his challenges.
  4. Get support- Many parents and students are going through the same experience. Ask around at your school to make connections and build your support network. You can also follow Understood’s Facebook page to connect with parents across the country to share information and learn from each other.

So, no matter your child’s age or needs, make this back-to-school season a seamless transition and positive experience. If you could use some help getting started on the right foot this school year, is a great place to start. 

All kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, every child kids can thrive in school and in life.

Armin Brott

View posts by Armin Brott
Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to top