Back to School Survey by AutismSpeaks™
The Autism Speaks Family Services team conducted a survey to help us better understand and support the challenges families face with the transition back to school.
More than 800 people responded to our online survey. 26% of the respondents had children between ages 2 and 6, 62% had children between 6 and 16, and the remainder had children over 16. Of our respondents, 58% had children in a public school inclusion environment, 23% in a public special day class, 12% in a private or special school, and 3.5% had their children home-schooled.
Some tips families recommended to help ease the back to school process included: touring the school building ahead of time, meeting the new teacher before the first day of school, and going on the bus route in advance.
The respondents shared insights into the greatest challenges they face as school begins. We reviewed the responses and all of the additional comments. The top issues reported were:
1. Your child's reaction to the transition
2. Educating teachers and staff about how to meet your child's educational needs
3. Bullying situations at school
4. Peer acceptance
5. Meeting curriculum needs for students with autism.
Tips from Dr. Peter Faustino, School Psychologist
Dr. Peter Faustino is President of the New York Association of School Psychologists, which serves children, their families, and the school community by promoting psychological well-being, excellence in education, and sensitivity to diversity through best practices in school psychology.
Click here (FREE PDF) for Dr. Faustino's Tips for Reducing the Stress Associated with Back to School.