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Make a weekly cheat sheet.

What you can do

Help your child write down or type up her class schedule for each day of the week. Highlight how much time is allotted for moving from class to class. Tape this weekly cheat sheet to the front of your child’s notebook or put it in some other easily accessible location so she can glance at it while walking down the hallway.

Ask your child which transitions are going well and which ones are not. Talk about what might make it easier to navigate the hallways.

What you can say

“Sofia, how easy or difficult has it been for you to get used to going to different classes on different days? I know the block schedule might seem confusing at first. Are you OK with it?”

“Would it help if you had a daily schedule instead of one for the whole week? Or if we made a little map you could carry in your pocket? Would using a scheduling app on your phone make it easier to keep track of your classes?”

Why this will help

Children with learning and attention issues often have trouble managing class schedules that change from day to day. This includes dealing with study halls and free periods that tend to be part of block schedules in middle and high school.

You can help your child understand and more easily follow schedule changes that occur throughout the year. Doing this can help ease her anxiety about standing out or needing to ask her classmates for help during these transition periods.

Explore Tech Finder for apps and games that can help your child with organization and other issues.

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