If you have a child with sensory issues, like autism, then it can be particularly challenging for them to be away from school. The abrupt change to their consistent schedule or a change in environment can make them vulnerable to anxiety. However, you can help them cope as well as enjoy their time at home, and even outside during this extended break.
Make a Schedule
The first thing you should do is work out a new schedule with your child. Giving them a schedule will make up for the loss of their daily routine at school. And, you can make it fun and hands-on by giving printing out a calendar for your child that they can color any way they want. What you put on the schedule is completely up to you. You could include a set daily routine and incorporate online classes or activities for your child. And you can give them stickers to label each activity. Giving your child something to look forward to will go a long way to helping them cope.
As everyone knows, no two children are exactly alike. You know your child better than anyone, so you can think of the best way to handle their triggers so that they can avoid issues like sensory overload. For example, some children are completely content staying in, while that might make other children feel anxious and confined. But if you want to take your child outside, then you should consider their sensory sensitivities. If your child is sensitive to heat or bright lights, then keep an eye on how long they’re outside, or if you have a place in the shade, then you can set out a lawn chair, beach blanket, or even a tent for them to enjoy and escape.
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