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'Back to School' routine will be steep transition for the 1 in 59 children with autism, nationwide

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

With school coming back up, most kids will not be happy about getting back into the daily school routine. 

"We get used to a summer routine, and we might be staying up late, and just kind of being relaxed around the house. So getting back into that school routine can take a little bit of time," Dr. Christy Chapman, with the Texas Tech Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, said.

But for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the challenges are amplified even more.

In fact, the CDC reported there has been a 15% increase of children with ASD the last two years.

Chapman said parents must over-prepare for their children with ASD, such as driving to school and walking from class to class this week with teachers.

"For a lot of kids, they wouldn't need that time to walk up there, walk through their routine, or might not need a transition book. visuals, or things like that. Those things can be beneficial for all kids, but for kids with autism, they are pretty much a necessity just because they struggle so much with that change," Chapman said.

She said it is essential for parents and teachers to be in open communication, so the school can be better equipped to ease this transition. 

"You know your own child better than anyone, so when you know what it is they struggle with, if you're able to help give them some coping mechanisms to work through that, then that can be really helpful," Chapman said.

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