Back to school is underway and summer is coming to an end. As a caregiver to a child, this may look different for your family than for others. Below are some resources to help you navigate the back to school process.
How to Advocate:
It is important to make your voice heard within the school community. Very Well (Family) offers advice on advocating for children with cognitive or physical disabilities. The article recommends communicating with the teachers and other professionals. It also acknowledges the importance of future planning as your child grows.
How to Find Resources:
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) is an assistive tool for children with functional impairment. Please visit their website to check for eligibility. This program is especially helpful for children with a need for affordable mental health resources.
How to Find Free School Supplies:
Care.com has compiled a list of organizations that hand out school supplies. This includes the Salvation Army and other well known organizations. However, it also provides instructions on how to conduct your own school supplies drive within your community.
This year is going to look different with the influence of COVID-19. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reaching out to friends, fellow parents, or other community members can be beneficial.