Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

The New School Year Is Fast Approaching ... Are You and Your Child Ready?

06/04/2015 | Published by: Monica Castillo

You've got a few weeks to go, so enjoy a Family Day!  However you find to enjoy this day, if it is at the beach, the park, or just going to the community pool, have fun!  Planning time starts soon. As you prepare to start the school year, remember that communicating with your child's school is a great tool in working toward their success.  Back to school lists usually include basics like school supplies, clothes, shoes and school supplies but when your child has difficulty with change, there's a bit more to consider. 

Make an appointment for your child to visit the school 1-2 weeks before school begins.  This gives your child an opportunity to explore a bit and learn where things are. Getting to know the layout while it is quiet and calm can also boost their confidence.

If teachers and staff are available, have your child introduce themselves to their new teachers.  Just a few minutes getting to know each other before school starts can possibly help reduce the anxiety of the first day.  Before your child's visit comes to an end, have them stop by the office to meet the staff and pick up information on supplies.  Getting to know office staff can also help reduce first day anxiety.

Transportation to and from school is provided by local school districts and some charter schools to eligible students according to zoning requirements.  If you have a question about school transportation in the Rio Grande Valley, please contact your local school district for more information.

Every child and family is unique, but basic needs remain the same. Preparing for your child’s back to school needs can get expensive.   If you need help finding the supplies that are on your child’s supply list, contact your child's school.

If your family is in need of assistance with shoes, clothing or school supplies, there are a number of local school districts, churches, civic organizations and social service agencies like Catholic Charities and The Salvation Army throughout the Rio Grande Valley that may be able to assist you. 

Don’t forget to go to the Find Services, Groups & Events page on this website for other organizations that might be able to help!   Be sure to look through the Family Support and Education & Schools sections of the site and search the site for services, groups, and events to help you get ready for the new school year!