Tips for Heading Back to School from Fellow Bracers

Tips for Heading Back to School


We polled our scoli warriors to help get you ready to go back to school with your scoliosis brace! We asked them about different topics, and here are their responses:

What to Wear

"If you feel like you want to hide your brace, you can wear your pants/shorts over your brace, then wear spandex or bike shorts under the brace. This way if your shirt comes up you see regular pants. Just make sure you keep an eye on your pants, you can’t feel them if they fall down 😂" - Claire 

"Legging leggings leggings!!! If you don’t wear uniform" - Holly

"Everything oversized (tees, hoodies) and leggings or sweatpants are lifesavers" - Iliana

"Wear a tee one size down from your regular size under your school blouse/shirt. You could also seek permission from your school to wear your blouse as a tunic instead of tucked in for your comfort." - Ann

Seating

"The hard plastic chairs stink and can be super uncomfortable. Ask your teachers for a different chair. In past years they’ve given me the soft office chairs which are soooo helpful!"

"You can make a little pad to make the chairs more comfortable (it helped me more when I didn’t have my brace but it could be helpful with a brace)" - Karen

"Offer to run papers for the teach so you can get up and walk around!" - Madelynn

Backpacks

"I like a backpack with thicker, more padded straps so they don’t pinch my skin (between your brace and backpack)." - Claire

"My daughter used a rolling backpack when she wore a brace. We made sure to put it in her 504 plan, because some schools don’t allow rolling backpacks." - Vickie

"I always make sure the straps are opposite the curve. My left shoulder is higher than my right, so I put the left strap higher than the right to even myself out a bit." - Madelynn

"When I was in bracing I used a smaller tote bag that I could just carry by hand instead of putting all the weight on my shoulders." - Ky

"We love this brace bag for her and anyone that fits perfectly and is a tote on both shoulders so as not to pull shoulders down and increase the curve, she can change for athletics and use her bag fir books and storage www.embracebags.com" - Leslie

Telling Friends and Classmates

"My daughter (7) starts school on Monday. Got the brace 2 weeks ago. We are planning to have a Q&A session with her class. Met with the school nurse today to coordinate her accommodations. My hope is that the other kiddos will be curious and open to em"bracing" this change" - Callista 

"Just try and be as open as possible. Let the questions come, as curiosity is powerful. People will stare less if they have knowledge. For me personally, my teacher let me go in front of the class, talk about it, and then take questions."

"Never assume that when a person comments on your brace, that it's always something negative or that they're being rude to you. Most of the time, people are just curious and have never seen a brace before! Use this as an opportunity to maybe educate them a little!! I've had a ton a girls coming up to me and asking on my brace, and a few of them (once I explained everything) even discovered they had scoliosis too!" - Kat

Lockers/Carrying Around Books

"If you need help carrying books, ask a friend who you trust!" - Hailey

"Ask for an extra set of books to keep at home." - Kymberly

"At my daughters middle school, they had top lockers and bottom lockers. We always made sure she got a top locker, so she wouldn’t need to squat. And she used a rolling backpack. She also got a second copy of all of her textbooks, so she wouldn’t have to carry them in her backpack." - Vickie

PE & Extracurricular Activities

"I played sports when I had two curves over 50°. Something that helped me was taking my medicine right before practice/games. Definitely helped with pain. Extra stretching helped me so much, too! It may sound silly, but yoga can help, as well!" - Juliette

"Talk to your teachers/admin! They can’t do anything if they are not aware you need support." - Wren

"Doctors note!!! Neither my middle school or high school accepted parent notes, so just make sure you have a doctors note that specifically says things you can’t do or says you can decide what you feel comfortable with."


504 Education Plans


"Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to help parents of students with physical or mental impairments in public schools, or publicly funded private schools, work with educators to design customized educational plans. These 504 plans legally ensure that students will be treated fairly at school.

Students can qualify for 504 plans if they have physical or mental impairments that affect or limit any of their abilities to:

  • walk, breathe, eat, or sleep
  • communicate, see, hear, or speak
  • read, concentrate, think, or learn
  • stand, bend, lift, or work

Examples of accommodations in 504 plans include:

  • preferential seating
  • extended time on tests and assignments
  • reduced homework or classwork
  • verbal, visual, or technology aids
  • modified textbooks or audio-video materials
  • behavior management support
  • adjusted class schedules or grading
  • verbal testing
  • excused lateness, absence, or missed classwork
  • pre-approved nurse's office visits and accompaniment to visits
  • occupational or physical therapy

The goal of 504 plans is for students to be educated in regular classrooms along with the services, accommodations, or educational aids they might need. If students with these plans can't achieve satisfactory academic success, as is determined by the school, then alternative settings in the school or private or residential programs can be considered." - https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/504-plans.html

 


 

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Tips for Heading Back to School


We polled our scoli warriors to help get you ready to go back to school with your scoliosis brace! We asked them about different topics, and here are their responses:

What to Wear

"If you feel like you want to hide your brace, you can wear your pants/shorts over your brace, then wear spandex or bike shorts under the brace. This way if your shirt comes up you see regular pants. Just make sure you keep an eye on your pants, you can’t feel them if they fall down 😂" - Claire 

"Legging leggings leggings!!! If you don’t wear uniform" - Holly

"Everything oversized (tees, hoodies) and leggings or sweatpants are lifesavers" - Iliana

"Wear a tee one size down from your regular size under your school blouse/shirt. You could also seek permission from your school to wear your blouse as a tunic instead of tucked in for your comfort." - Ann

Seating

"The hard plastic chairs stink and can be super uncomfortable. Ask your teachers for a different chair. In past years they’ve given me the soft office chairs which are soooo helpful!"

"You can make a little pad to make the chairs more comfortable (it helped me more when I didn’t have my brace but it could be helpful with a brace)" - Karen

"Offer to run papers for the teach so you can get up and walk around!" - Madelynn

Backpacks

"I like a backpack with thicker, more padded straps so they don’t pinch my skin (between your brace and backpack)." - Claire

"My daughter used a rolling backpack when she wore a brace. We made sure to put it in her 504 plan, because some schools don’t allow rolling backpacks." - Vickie

"I always make sure the straps are opposite the curve. My left shoulder is higher than my right, so I put the left strap higher than the right to even myself out a bit." - Madelynn

"When I was in bracing I used a smaller tote bag that I could just carry by hand instead of putting all the weight on my shoulders." - Ky

"We love this brace bag for her and anyone that fits perfectly and is a tote on both shoulders so as not to pull shoulders down and increase the curve, she can change for athletics and use her bag fir books and storage www.embracebags.com" - Leslie

Telling Friends and Classmates

"My daughter (7) starts school on Monday. Got the brace 2 weeks ago. We are planning to have a Q&A session with her class. Met with the school nurse today to coordinate her accommodations. My hope is that the other kiddos will be curious and open to em"bracing" this change" - Callista 

"Just try and be as open as possible. Let the questions come, as curiosity is powerful. People will stare less if they have knowledge. For me personally, my teacher let me go in front of the class, talk about it, and then take questions."

"Never assume that when a person comments on your brace, that it's always something negative or that they're being rude to you. Most of the time, people are just curious and have never seen a brace before! Use this as an opportunity to maybe educate them a little!! I've had a ton a girls coming up to me and asking on my brace, and a few of them (once I explained everything) even discovered they had scoliosis too!" - Kat

Lockers/Carrying Around Books

"If you need help carrying books, ask a friend who you trust!" - Hailey

"Ask for an extra set of books to keep at home." - Kymberly

"At my daughters middle school, they had top lockers and bottom lockers. We always made sure she got a top locker, so she wouldn’t need to squat. And she used a rolling backpack. She also got a second copy of all of her textbooks, so she wouldn’t have to carry them in her backpack." - Vickie

PE & Extracurricular Activities

"I played sports when I had two curves over 50°. Something that helped me was taking my medicine right before practice/games. Definitely helped with pain. Extra stretching helped me so much, too! It may sound silly, but yoga can help, as well!" - Juliette

"Talk to your teachers/admin! They can’t do anything if they are not aware you need support." - Wren

"Doctors note!!! Neither my middle school or high school accepted parent notes, so just make sure you have a doctors note that specifically says things you can’t do or says you can decide what you feel comfortable with."


504 Education Plans


"Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to help parents of students with physical or mental impairments in public schools, or publicly funded private schools, work with educators to design customized educational plans. These 504 plans legally ensure that students will be treated fairly at school.

Students can qualify for 504 plans if they have physical or mental impairments that affect or limit any of their abilities to:

  • walk, breathe, eat, or sleep
  • communicate, see, hear, or speak
  • read, concentrate, think, or learn
  • stand, bend, lift, or work

Examples of accommodations in 504 plans include:

  • preferential seating
  • extended time on tests and assignments
  • reduced homework or classwork
  • verbal, visual, or technology aids
  • modified textbooks or audio-video materials
  • behavior management support
  • adjusted class schedules or grading
  • verbal testing
  • excused lateness, absence, or missed classwork
  • pre-approved nurse's office visits and accompaniment to visits
  • occupational or physical therapy

The goal of 504 plans is for students to be educated in regular classrooms along with the services, accommodations, or educational aids they might need. If students with these plans can't achieve satisfactory academic success, as is determined by the school, then alternative settings in the school or private or residential programs can be considered." - https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/504-plans.html