With schools and therapy clinics closing down due to covid-19 pandemic, children who were receiving occupational and speech therapies had to put their sessions to a halt. And we know for a fact that uninterrupted therapies are important for the utmost progress of children. Whereas, disrupted therapies can result in regression.This pandemic left everyone with no choice but to stay at home. Undeniably, this added stress to parents who already have so much on their plate having to juggle parenting to a child with autism, managing the house, and remote working. TIPS ON MANAGING YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
- ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE - You've heard of this countless times but it's one of the most helpful ways to carry out all the necessary things. Create a list of your tasks and remember to prioritize. We know that there are tens of thousands of things that parents should do but we can't fit everything in a day. Focus on what is important.
- MAKE A VISUAL SCHEDULE - This will give children an idea of all the activities that they have to do on a particular day. This will lessen meltdowns and resistance in transitioning from one activity to another. FREE download Visual Schedule
- HOME OT/ST PROGRAM - Request Home Programs from your child's Occupational and Speech therapists. You may also ask them about teletherapy if it's best for your child. But remember that your child can also learn so much from you. You are your child's best teacher.
- HOME ACTIVITIES - Having nowhere else to go at this time, gadgets are left to babysit most of the kids. Making a list of activities such as arts and crafts can reduce the use of digital devices. Refer to your child's OT/ST intervention plans. This will help you prepare activities for your child. Refer to our list of helpful activities at home. Task Game
- LIST SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM GOALS - Jot down the short-term and long-term goals that your child's OT and ST made and take time to evaluate if your child has already met them or not. Report to your child's therapist and ask for advice.
- TEACH SELF-CARE - This is the most opportune time to start teaching your little one how to care for himself. Let him feed himself and dress by himself. FREE Download Self-help skills
Most of all, TAKE TIME TO RELAX. We know it's hard to take a cat nap when thinking of the dirty dishes in the sink and piles of dirty clothes waiting to be laundered. But think about this, there will always be dirty dishes and clothes no matter how much you want them to disappear from your sight. Schedule your rest time. Do not let house chores eat all your free time.