- Homework: Consider setting up the space to limit distractions, including shutting off TVs or radios, keep track of how long it takes and keep the school updated, and adjust based on how your child learns best (hearing or seeing the information).
- Computer and tablet time: Make sure the table and chair are the correct height to help reach the keyboard and see the screen, block websites that have inappropriate content and encourage stretch breaks during computer and homework time. Limit the amount of screen time unless necessary to complete an assignment.
- Social skills: Practice good manners and cooperation at home, dinner routines are great times for conversations, support extracurricular activities and sports based on child’s interests, play board games, and build responsibility with chores they can manage at home.
- Rest: Consistent bed time routines, consistent bed time, getting a good night’s sleep by setting up the bedroom to be most comfortable for the child, and 5-10 year olds should get 10-11hours of sleep.
www.aota.org 2011, AOTA. Tip Sheet: Is Your Child Positioned for School Success?
Submitted by: Kristen Jackson, MOTR/L
Kristen earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree in January 2007 from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She began working at NCH in the Rehabilitation Services Department in February 2007. Kristen provides services to clients of all ages from infant to elderly. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a board member of the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA).