Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement
Mike Shimek, 8, smiles as he works on his computer and watches a DVD in his bedroom. Mike has autism, and his return to school requires some adjustment to get back into a school routine. (Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwerf)

Back-to-school tips for special needs students really apply to every child

Email

NEW LONDON -- On Tuesday morning, Mike Shimek will get up, get dressed and get on the bus to head off for third grade.

He'll have chosen his clothes the night before, and his lunch will be packed and ready to go.

"There's a lot of what we do that's very similar to other families," said his mother, Julie Jurgens-Shimek.

But for Mike, an 8-year-old with autism, getting into the routine might be more difficult, and it will take a lot more planning.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=40&event=subscriber/lookup.

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at subscriberservices@forumcomm.com and we can help you.

Advertisement
Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

(320) 214-4340
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness