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Back to School Tips for Families of Children with Special Needs

Heading back to the classroom this fall is exciting, but it can also be a challenging time for families of children with special needs. The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC),  a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs ages 5-14 in the Washington, DC area since 1895,  offers tips to help: Tip #1 – Organize your paperwork and review the schedule.  Review your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Do you have any new medical or psychological reports that the school should know about? Talk with the school to make sure their plans for your child match the intentions in the IEP. Ensure the school staff are up to speed on where your child is at now. Make sure you know where your child’s classroom is, any transportation plans, and what he or she will need to bring each day. Tip #2 – Calm any stress or first day jitters your child may have.  Whether it’s a new classroom or familiar surroundings, children may be nervous about starting back to school. Talk with your c