Another school year is just around the corner, remember all the little things that help the year start off right! 1. Prepare a one page "resume" for your child; include the things that are important for the teacher to know IMMEDIATELY as well as some fun facts about your child. Keep it simple so they can read the whole thing in 1-2 minutes. In many districts, the teacher will not get the IEPs until AFTER school starts. For example, "Tigger should NOT be touched even in a comforting manner if he is upset, please stand at least 3 feet away from him when he is angry or scared. Tigger needs directions broken down into 1 or 2 step segments. Be sure that Tigger understands the directions. Tigger loves movement and has a fidget box located in the support office, he is allowed to go there for sensory breaks -- both scheduled and as needed. Tigger loves basketball and plays on the Special Recreation team! He also loves Star Wars and Dr. Who!" I usually include a photo of Tigger and my contact info. 2. If your child has medical needs (medications, seizures, asthma), meet face to face with the nurse to be sure that they have everything they need to treat your child including medication and consents. 3. If you can afford it, drop off a bag of extra supplies for the teacher. You can get a lot of good 1 cent deals at Staples. 4. Take your child on a walk-through of the school. Let them practice their locker combination and walking from class to class. Let them see the gym and the lunchroom. If possible, let them hear the bell (if they have noise sensitivity). 5. Visit the asst principal/dean or whoever is in charge of discipline. Let them get to know your child as a person so that when they do have to deal with an issue they already know how sweet your kid is 6. Check out the teacher's webpage to get a feel for their style. What else has worked for you??? Please share so that we all can have a great start!