Preparing Children with Prosthetic Devices for a New School Year

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Ease your kids into the near school year to help them be as successful as they can be.

Ease your kids into the new school year to help them be as successful as they can be.

 

August is here which means that it is back-to-school season! For many kids, by this time each summer they are itching to go back to school, to see their friend’s every day and to be one grade older. However, kids with prosthetic or orthotic devices may have concerns or insecurities about returning to school. Premier Prosthetics wants to help your child get excited for school and feel comfortable in their own skin. Consider these tips before sending your child back to school this fall:

  1. Ensure that the classrooms, bathrooms, and playground equipment at your child’s school are safe and accessible for students with a prosthetic devices.
  1. Introduce your child to their new teacher before the first day of school. This way, both your child and your child’s teacher can get to know each other is a more relaxed setting. Inform the teacher of any difficulties that may arise and how to handle them. When the teacher is comfortable with the prosthetic device, the other students are more likely to follow suit.
  1. Prepare your child for questions and curiosity from other students about the prosthetic. Empower them with confidence to appropriately address questions and curiosity from others.
  2. If teasing does occur, encourage your child to inform their teacher or a trusted adult. Let them know it is not acceptable and they do not have to endure it. Encourage them to stay calm and that getting upset may only make the situation worse.
  3. Remind your child that everyone is different in some way. We are all made differently and have unique life circumstances that make us special. Think positively, act positively and positive things will happen!

Premier Prosthetics hopes these tips get you and your family excited and prepared for a new school year! As always, Premier Prosthetics is here for your prosthetic and orthotic needs and to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!

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