5 Tips to Make the School Break Manageable (and fun!) with Kids with Special Needs

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OVERWHELMED WITH THE SCHOOL BREAK?  TRY THESE 5 TIPS TO KEEP KIDS HAPPY, KEEP THE PEACE, AND KEEP THE SANITY!


 

Watch our one-minute video with our 5 tips by clicking on the picture.


1. Make a {flexible} plan

 

Create a proactive plan for your child if you know the routines around meals, opening presents, and other traditions, create a proactive plan for where your child will be, how you will support her, and what you will do if he becomes stressed or frustrated.


2. Communicate with family and friends about some of the things that your child does or doesn’t do (talking, eating, socializing)

 

Before you arrive, or upon arrival, talk with your loved ones about who your child is - their strengths, what the love, what they hate, and some things to note (maybe about their communication, behavior, and adaptive skills).


3. Talk about your plans

 

Tell your loved ones you are going to be making some plans ahead of time of how to react, how to make your child feel more comfortable.  It may not look like your way of parenting, but you have a plan for a reason!


4. Stay on schedule

 

This can be much easier said than done, but try and keep your child's supportive schedule as much as possible.  Don't stress too much if things get out of whack, just try to keep it going when you can, and get right back on track when things settle down again.

 

5. Ask for a break when you need one!

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Remember, your family and friends want nothing more than to help and support you.  Let them help, and give yourself a break!


ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!



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