With the holidays upon us, there will be many family activities going on during the coming months. While these events can be fun, they may also be challenging for some children with special needs. Heather Bennett, editor of Little Rock Family magazine provided some ways to help these children through the big events.
1. Set the stage.
Explain to children what will be happening and where they will be going.
2. Don't be shy.
Be sure to ask questions ahead of time to see if they destinations you will go to will have what your children will need. If not, bring toys/books/snacks to make them feel comfortable.
3. Planes, trains or automobiles?
If you're traveling, be sure to explain what they can expect - how many stops you will make, how many flights there are, how long they will be in the car, etc. Children with special needs often times don't like surprises.
4. What do you really want to celebrate?
Talk with children about what is being celebrated so they can join in appropriately.
5. Do you hear what I hear?
Talk with them about what they are experiencing and feeling.
6. Be realistic.
Don't try to fit too much into their schedules or expect them to do too much. Be realistic with what they will enjoy.