PEACE
Parental Education &
Encouragement for
Autism in
Children
Everywhere
Note: We believe in the importance of using person first language
(Ex: Children with Autism) but for the sake of keeping the acronym,
we had to phrase it in its present form.  
**Our Mission**
Our mission is to educate,
empower
and provide a positive support
environment to families who
have children on the Autism
Spectrum.
All are welcome!
**Meetings**
Date - 1st Tuesday of Each
Month
Time - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Place -Family Fundamentals
1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, Florida  33805
2nd Floor
A Support Group Serving Lakeland and Polk County, Florida
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PEACE web forum
Next PEACE Sept 1st  2015!
Guest speaker Ellie Webber from CARD discussing Positive Behavior
Support and Anxiety. Don't miss it!
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Central Florida Parent Center
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Here are some parent-tested tips to ease the transition back to school for you and your child.

  • Prepare your child. If your child is used to sleeping later in the summer, start to prepare for an earlier morning by waking your
    child a bit earlier each day. (This did not make me the most popular parent on the planet!)
  • If possible, arrange to visit the teacher or the school a week or two before the first day. Your child can start the first day with a
    mental image of the setting. The teacher may be able to show your child his desk or locker or other “home base.” (Don’t do
    this if the room is still being re-arranged.
  • You don’t want any first day of school surprises.) If this isn’t practical, you can at least visit the school building, and perhaps
    spend some time on the playground. School supplies—get them well in advance so that you child can get used to them.
    Keep any favorite items from last year. Even if you were rewarded as a child by all new supplies, your child may prefer the “old
    friend” items.
  • Color code notebooks and materials (including making text book covers) for different classes. Blue equals math, red equals
    English, etc. Color coding will help your child identify and keep their materials together and can be integrated with a picture
    schedule. Get school clothes, uniforms, and shoes early, too. And wash them many times. Cut off the labels, if your child is
    used to this.
  • For preteens and teens, you may want to help them select a "cool" first day outfit ahead of time. First impressions are
    important to peers at this age.
  • Create a social story or picture schedule for school routines. Start reviewing and practicing early. Prepare yourself. A calm
    mom and dad are better able to help a child create a smooth back to school transition.
  • Get your medical information in order (Vaccinations required? Documentation from physicians? Allergies? Meds?) Figure out
    who your emergency contacts are going to be and make sure you have their current phone numbers. (Sometimes this is a
    little more complicated for families that have children with autism.) You may be able to get the emergency cards when you
    visit (see above) and have them filled out ahead of time. This will give you a less stressful first evening, so that you can help
    your child with his/her homework or last minute shopping for the supplies that were not on the list. If your child has dietary
    issues, firm up how that will be managed. Allow more time for everything during the first week. Have activities or diversions
    available in case you need to wait a long time for transportation. Summing up, do everything you can to help reduce the stress
    level for your family during the back to school transition. -
See more at: http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/articles/view/back-to-school-tips#sthash.bK4NTcID.dpuf