Back to school guide for special needs families

Our kids will be back to school before we know it. Plan for your child's school year now with articles for parents, teacher resources, explaining your child's disability to teachers plus other resources like visual supports, social stories, school rules and more. Forward this link to other special needs families as well as your child's teachers and support team.

by Dawn Villarreal, One Place for Special Needs


ADHD and school - Articles about the ADHD student, homework and study skill strategies, organization tips and accommodation suggestions.

All about my child - How to create a school information packet to tell teachers and staff about your child.

Apraxia and school - Articles about the issues facing students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Photoxpress image school busAsthma and school - Tips and strategies for the student with asthma including how asthma-friendly is your school and checklist to find out what can be done before the school year starts to reduce potential allergens.

Attachment disorder and school - Articles about the issues facing students with attachment disorder.

Auditory processing and school - Articles about challenges children with auditory processing disorder face at school.

Autism and school - Articles regarding the student with autism spectrum disorder including preparing the school, strategies and supports.

Back to school - My personal favorites for getting organized before school starts.

Blind/Visual impairment and school - Advocacy tools for parents, also see Blind teacher resources below.

Bullying - Many good articles and videos bullying, creating a bully prevention program, when your child is the bully and what to do when you are being bullied.

Cerebral palsy and school - Articles on working with and mainstreaming the student with cerebral palsy.

handwriting iStock imageClassroom accommodations - Strategies, tips and articles on accommodations for students with disabilities.

Deaf/Hard of hearing and school - Information for parents to give to teachers and other school related issues.

Deaf-blindness and school - Articles on students with multi-sensory impairments.

Diabetes and school - Includes putting together diabetes management plan, working with school staff and knowing your child's rights.

Down syndrome and school - Articles on preparing your child and being independent.

Educational advocacy - Many great articles for parents on being a good advocate for your child.

Educational apps - Our complete guide to educational and special needs apps.

Educational milestones - Checklists and articles on school readiness

Epilepsy and school - Talking to your school about your child's seizures and seizure action plans.

Explaining disabilities to teachers - ADHD, Apraxia, Arthritis, Auditory processing, Autism, Apraxia, Cerebral palsy, CHARGE, Deaf/Hard of hearing, Down syndrome, Epilepsy, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Food allergies, Genetic conditionLearning disability, Muscular dystrophySelective mutism, Sensory processing disorder, Speech disorder, Spina bifida

Extended school year - Information on extended school year services

Fetal alcohol syndrome and school - Articles about school issues affecting your child with FAS/E

Food allergies and school - Managing food allergies in school and coming up with a food allergy action plan.

Hand washing - Lesson plans, videos and articles to teach children proper hand washing.

Hydrocephalus and school - Articles on hydrocephalus and its impact on learning.

Learning disability and school - Many articles on advocating for your child and issues related to learning.

Lunch box - A few articles on lunch box safety and communicating with your child via lunch.

schoolkids talking iStock imageMaking friends at school - Articles and strategies on making friends at school.

Muscular dystrophy and school - Parent information regarding your child and the school environment.

Organize your backpack - Tips on keeping an organized book bag.

Organize your locker - Tips on organizing your school locker.

Organize your school records - How to organize your school and medical records.

Parent teacher relationship - Articles on communicating with your child's teacher and being a good advocate.

Playground games - Videos and instructions for playing many childhood games.

Recess skills - Articles on the benefits of recess for students and the importance of creating structured play for students with disabilities.

School assistive technology - Articles on different technologies available for students.

School anxiety - What to do when your child is afraid to go to school.

School bus - School bus rules, going on a field trip, evacuation drills and more

school alarm photoXpress imageSchool drills - Articles and support for bus evacuation, earthquake, fire, lock down and tornado drills.

School inclusion - Articles promoting mainstreaming of special needs students in the classroom.

School information packet - Tips for making your own info sheet about your child to give to your child's teacher.

School rules - Articles, strategies and support for a wide variety of school rules

School social stories - Social stories on school related topics

School visual support - Variety of visual supports related to school

Science projects - Ideas for science projects

Selective mutism and school - Managing the back to school transition for your child with selective mutism.

Sensory processing and school - Articles on sensory processing issues related to school.

Spina bifida and school - Articles on Spina bifida and its impact on learning.

boy reading iStock imageStudy skills for high school - Strategies and tips

Study skills for middle school - Strategies and tips

Summer learning loss - How to deal with learning loss over the summer months.

Teacher resources - ADHD, Angelman syndrome, Apraxia, Attachment disorder, Auditory processing, Autism, Blind/Visual Impairment, Bipolar disorder, Brain injury, Cerebral palsy, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Conduct disorder, Cystic fibrosis, Deaf/Hard of hearing, Deaf-Blindness, Different learners, Down syndrome, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Food allergies, Fragile X syndrome, Klinefelter's syndrome, Learning disability, Muscular dystrophy, Nonverbal learning disability, Nonverbal students, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, Post traumatic stress disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome, Rett syndrome, Selective mutism, Sensory processing disorder, Spina bifida, Tourette syndrome, Usher syndrome, William's syndrome

Transitioning between activities - Articles, strategies and support in order to transition between activities.

Transitioning to elementary - Articles on what to expect in elementary and making a smooth transition.

Transitioning to high school - Articles on what to expect in high school and making a smooth transition.

Transitioning to middle school - Articles on what to expect in middle school and making a smooth transition.

Vocational skills - Articles, activities and lesson plans on learning vocational skills.

Walking to school safely - Articles, strategies, videos and other supports for pedestrian safety and crossing the street.

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Dawn VillarrealAbout the writer

Dawn Villarreal runs One Place for Special Needs, a national disability resource that lets you find local and online resources, events and even other families in your neighborhood plus thousands of online disability resources! Stay awhile and check out the site. She is also moderator of Autism Community Connection, a Yahoo group for families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Reprint permission granted by including: Reprinted with permission from One Place for Special Needs

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