Children with autism reap many benefits from receiving pediatric therapy services, including learning and developing new and helpful skills. When school is out or during seasonal break, how can you ensure your child does not forget those skills over the break?
Establish and Keep Routines
Encourage your child to go to bed, wake up and eat breakfast at the same time each day. If your child has sensory feeding issues, use this time to introduce new foods, food combinations and textures.
If you’re potty training your child, maintain a regular routine with scheduled meals, snacks and drinks. This can help you determine when she naturally needs to use the bathroom and make potty training more successful.
Set Daily Goals into Everyday Activities
Ask your child’s therapist to request a list of goals she is targeting and incorporate the goals into your routine. For example, if your child receives occupational therapy services, you may include crafts such as finger painting or drawing into the weekly schedule.
Make everyday activities, such as grocery shopping, a part of the weekly routine as well and use them as learning opportunities. For example, if your child is working toward saying single words or phrases, name items aloud as you place them in your shopping cart to reinforce learning.
Use pictures from the internet, magazines or newspapers to create a daily schedule. Use the same picture for the same activity consistently for each daily schedule. For example a picture of.
Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children and youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community. This work focuses on reframing mental health as a positive state of functioning – it is more than the absence of mental illness. Positive mental health is associated with feeling good emotionally, doing well functionally, and coping with challenges in everyday life. For children and youth, this means doing well during academic (classroom) as well as nonacademic (recess, lunch, after-school extracurricular activities) times of the school day.
The purpose of this website is to share practical resources that can be used by school personnel, children/youth, and families to promote positive mental health and well-being in all children and youth throughout the day.
As a school-based and community therapy placement company, Sendero Therapies, Inc. is devoted to providing support to encourage the professional growth of our therapists.
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