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With many schools starting back up this month, we’ve got some helpful back-to-school tips for families. Summer break may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Take a look at what’s new this month at Easterseals Northern California...

Autism Services

Many of our families will be returning to school routines this month, and the transition back to school often means new schools, teachers, classrooms and different school routines. Our clinicians hear that the return to school presents many challenges and is a time of increased stress for both clients and families. So, we’ve gathered a few ways to help prepare our clients for these transitions.

  1. Start by talking with your child early about returning to school. Begin talking about expectations for the new year, including the parts that may be different than the previous school year.
  2. Involve your child in the back-to-school preparation. Include them in the purchasing of school supplies, clothes, etc.
  3. Plan to have them go to bed and wake up at the time they will need to for school. Begin to eat breakfast and lunch and snacks at regularly scheduled times.
  4. Set up and practice the morning routine they will follow once school starts. Think about what additional support may be helpful, such as a picture schedule or a checklist of tasks to complete.
  5. If possible, visit the school in advance of the first day to help familiarize your child with the campus. If you can't visit the school, check out the school's website for pictures of the school.
  6. If the teacher has been assigned, reach out and introduce yourself. Share any concerns you have and any information that you think will be valuable for your teacher to know to set your child up for success on their first day of school.

For individualized recommendations and suggestions, we invite you to share your concerns and questions about the return to school with your Care Team. We’re here to support you and your family and help prepare for the new school year!


July was a very busy month for the Kaleidoscope program. Participants worked on their Self-Determination Planning and made suggestions on the places that they would like to see, activities they’d like to participate in, and goals they would like to work on as a group. The group decided that they wanted to continue making artwork for local organizations, so they can see more of their creations in public.

Along with this project, the program took important steps to maintain its high level of quality care by completing a CARF survey. Successful completion of the survey guarantees that Kaleidoscope will remain a CARF accredited program. CARF (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is an international non-profit organization that provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

Kaleidoscope Dublin, Walnut Creek, and Fairfield are looking to grow. If you know of an individual seeking services, or someone pursuing employment opportunities, please have them contact Zach Lupton at [email protected] or 925-326-0072.

Early Intervention (EI)

Back To School Schedules

As we prepare for children going back to school, we understand that some families may need flexibility when coordinating their school-aged children’s calendars and scheduling our recurring Infant Development sessions. We want to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our families where they are, physically and emotionally, so we can continue to provide the highest quality of care. If any schedule changes need to be made, please feel free to reach out to your Early Interventionist.

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. You can learn more about immunizations, current disease control and prevention methods on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

ESNorCal Office Closures

All Easterseals Northern California services will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, September 5 — Labor Day
  • Thursday, September 22 — All-Staff Training & Day of Learning

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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