Am I the only one that feels this way? I’m in my 30s (and no, I’m not going to get more specific than that), and I still dread Labour Day. I’ve always felt it’s the worst holiday of the year. To me, Labour Day always symbolizes the end of Summer and the beginning of school. I remember listening to the radio one year on Labour Day and something must have happened at the radio station, because they just kept playing the R.E.M. song, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” on repeat for over an hour. I remember wondering if it was some cruel joke the radio station was playing on all of us students. I haven’t gone to school for over a decade, and I still get that feeling of back to school dread. Maybe if I had my own children, the feeling of dread would be replaced with the feelings of joy and happiness as I got to ship the children off to school. I don’t know…
Regardless of my feelings of the holiday, for children with learning disabilities or ADHD, and their parents, the start of a new school year can be very anxiety provoking. Parents worry about a wide variety of things, such as wondering if the:
- new classroom teacher is going to “understand” the child’s disability and/or accommodation plan.
- child is going to get the computer equipment the school promised the year before.
- class bully is going to be in the child’s class this year.
During the next couple of weeks, all of these questions will be answered. I wish the best for you and your child. However, if difficulties arise, please don’t forget that there are lots of great organizations (such as LDAWE) around that can assist you and your family.
I also want you all to know that LDAO (our provincial organization) is hosting a webinar, “Starting the school year off on the right foot – how to help children with LDs transition back into school.” The webinar takes place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Please click on the flyer for more details.