The uniforms are bought and labelled, the beginning of the holidays are a distant memory and our bank balances are all feeling the end of summer holiday hit!
The full time parents are the ones who don’t get the break and the school holidays are a true challenge for.
Not only do they have the 24/7 entertainment of said children to contend with they also have the back to school prep on top of this.
Thank the lord for online shopping!
What I do have in common with them though is the drama and difficulty that we parent face with each new school year and that is the new change of routine……. Let me explain!!
So yes this back to school September day comes around each year and it is not so much that our SEN children struggle with, it’s the things most people probably haven’t even considered:
New socks – the shop that you usually buy your seamless socks from have changed supplier and your kid knows!! And that means you’re going to know about it – they look identical but they feel different.
New clothes – many SEN children struggle with motor skills so buttons and zips can be a skill that isn’t mastered early on, do you know how hard it is to find age 11+ pull on school trousers!
There’s a small range as this is often an oversight of the manufacturers (they are getting better though and Matalan have a wonderful range)
Many may think “ok… so??” – well the thing is if your child has sensory issues then this is mild torture in the form of brand new bright new lighting, new-build/ cleaning/ chemical smells, or itchy new freshly laid carpet!! Sensory overload.
New teacher - last but not least a new person for your child to get to know, and vice-versa a new person to get to know your child and their quirky ways as well as 20 odd other children in their care where there are possibly other SEN children within the same class.
Teachers get a lot of stick as having “easy” jobs with all those holidays but I know that I couldn’t do what they do, they deserve those term breaks!!
May the odds be forever in our favour!
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