Tips to Prepare for Summer Planning
Summer is here and for many children, it means endless ways to enjoy the summer break. For those families who have children with autism or similar special needs, making plans for the summer can appear overwhelming at first. However, the act of planning can feel more prepared by considering the following tips while placing summer plans in the process:
1) Schedule and Plan:
Whether it is spending a day at a local museum or traveling to Disneyland, it is essential that parents prepare a schedule in advance for the day (or days) of fun. An aspect of planning to be noted would be what kinds of accommodations could and would the place make for your child’s special needs. It is also important that the child is motivated and/or interested in those plans that could be made. One way that can be accomplished is by finding something that is worth going for your child that they will not get otherwise if they just stay at home for the day.
2) Create a “Story”:
Once plans and schedules are created, the next step is to explain to your child on what’s happening on that day or on the vacation. One method would be to write a “story” about that schedule. That “story” could include pictures to illustrate the summer plans. This method could motivate the child by allowing them to feel like they are getting to play a role in the “story” of their summer plans.
3) Changing the Plans:
No matter how well-structured they are, your plans can change. Most of the time, they change out of our control whether it’s a rainstorm on the day you’re visiting the pool or a store is closed for a holiday. When this unexpected change occurs, it is highly-recommended that an additional plan should be created alongside the primary plan for that same day. This method should help transform the disappointment that your child will experience into positivity and enthusiasm for the other plan that they would get to do instead.
By thinking about these tips, planning for the summer break can be looked at with the kind of preparation that will build up the self-confidence of parents as well as the excitement of children who are looking forward to enjoying the summer break.