Beginning a new school year is a time of uncertainty, which usually translates into stress and anxiety for caregivers and their children. One way to prepare for the upcoming school year is to create an easy-to-read summary of who your child is and what he/she likes or dislikes.
An ‘All About Me’ book is NOT just for starting a new school year. Any time your student enters a new situation (e.g., summer camp, boy/girl scouts, sports team, after school activity), it is a good idea to let the people know how to best understand and interact with your child.
- To familiarize members of your child’s team with his/her strengths and needs
- A “cheat sheet” to get to know your child quickly
- Also helpful for babysitters, providers, and family members
- Write from your child’s perspective
- Think bullets, not paragraphs
- Aim for one topic per page, no more
- Offer strategies
- Keep it positive
- Include photos of your child to make the All About Me book more personal and individualized
- Consider updating the book every 6 months-1 year
- Consider asking your family and friends for input when you are creating or updating the book