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School has started for me and about to start for many. We have had a very successful first week, however there seems to be a continuous theme with each and every child and that is independence. In order to be independent one must do things for themselves. In my class (ages 3-5) independence comes in the form of
These are huge skill sets in my class and as I work with each student from whatever level they come to me, collaboration with parents is paramount. Let’s take feeding for instance. I was once a parent of toddlers, so I remember getting through the day-sometimes it was easier to feed my child than work on independent feeding. I remember therapists explaining the benefits of independent feeding and I remember being overwhelmed with just trying to get food in my child. He was orally defensive; lived on cheerios and cheese-its and only would drink blue Gatorade. I remember.
But now he eats me out of house and home at 6’2”, 170lbs. So it all worked. Food is still an issue-he’s a picky eater and he tries to now “try new things” but he is obviously not starving and never did. So my point is: Work with your teachers and therapists to encourage your child to embrace independence by learning to:
Have a great start to school!!!!