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7 Golden Rules for Back-to-School


The academic year is just around the corner. Here are a few proactive parenting tips to prevent or limit issues that may arise for families with children of any age:

  1. Preschool (ages 3-5) is more about socializing than academics. Small children do not need to learn to read before kindergarten (ages 5-6) but should taught to love books and learning.
  2. Parental control and monitoring of electronic devices (i.e. telephones, laptops, computers, tablets, video game consoles, etc.) generally is looser during summer vacation. Now is a good time for parents to adjust or tighten their oversight to reestablish family norms and limits before the school year starts.
  3. Physical activity is always great for kids and teens and should be encouraged. However, be sure a health care provider sees overweight or obese children before engaging in sports. Having time to gradually improve their physical strength and endurance will help them enjoy their activities more and avoid injury.
  4. Many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have an associated learning disability. Medication will not help a learning disability, which needs to be treated educationally by the school. Talk to teachers early to recognize and treat learning disabilities that are present beyond ADHD symptoms.
  5. Any child with ADHD would benefit from a Vanderbilt assessment scale evaluation right after school begins, especially if he or she is taking medication. Be proactive, do not wait until issues arise in school.
  6. Hyperlexia (recognizing words) is commonly seen in children with autism. However, without comprehension of the word’s meaning or use, it is not indicative of advanced reading. Focus on helping these children develop their abilities globally rather than just focusing on reading.
  7. It is important to look at a child’s global development to determine school readiness rather than their birth date. Some children are ready earlier than their birthday indicates while others are ready later. Making sure that each child is school-ready will assure that they have an enjoyable and productive learning experience.

What concerns you the most about your children going back to school? Which of these golden rules are you going to apply? Tell us in the comment section below.


  1. National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ). (2002). NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales. Available at:
  2. Wei, X., Christiano, E.R., Yu, J.W., Wagner, M., Spiker, D. (2015). Reading and math achievement profiles and longitudinal growth trajectories of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism 19(2), 200-210.
  3. Hong, S.B., Dwyer, D., Kim, J.W., Park, E.J., Shin, M.S., et al. (2014). Subthreshold attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is associated with functional impairments across domains: a comprehensive analysis in a large-scale community study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 23(8), 627-636.

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