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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

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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.

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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.

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