Summer time sweet summertime can be a hard transition for children and parents . Justin always did better with a stricter schedule. Here are 7 steps to keeping your special needs child on a schedule during the summer:
1. Create a visual schedule: Use pictures or symbols to create a visual schedule that your child can easily understand. This will help them know what to expect throughout the day.2. Stick to a routine: Try to keep a consistent routine throughout the day, including meal times, nap times, and play times. Get up and get dressed everyday. It sends a signal to the brain that you are ready to go. 3. Plan activities: Plan activities that your child enjoys and that are appropriate for their needs. This can include sensory activities, outdoor play, or quiet time activities. We always work with our local library as they have a lot of summer programs for children.
4. Use timers: Use timers to help your child understand how long an activity will last. This can help them transition from one activity to the next.Timers are used here everyday do everything. We use them for clean up time.5. Provide choices: Give your child choices throughout the day, such as what activity they want to do next or what snack they want to eat. This can help them feel more in control and reduce anxiety.If you must introduce new hobbies or activities do it slowly.
6. Communicate with caregivers: If your child is in a summer program or has a caregiver, communicate with them about your child’s schedule and needs.7. Be flexible: Remember that schedules may need to be adjusted based on your child’s needs and interests. Be flexible and willing to make changes as needed.we also require school work during the summer. It helps with the transition back into school.I hope these tips are helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions.