Spring has Sprung and it is the Easter long weekend . Exceptional families all over are celebrating with family and friends, but also wondering how to adapt the celebrations as easily and painlessly to their child’s own sensory system and personality. The way to have a successful celebration varies as much from child to child as from family to family, but there are several things that are great to keep in mind while a family is looking how to make the holiday weekend go as smoothly as possible:
- Have a schedule/plan of what is happening all weekend: Though it is not particularly exciting, in many cases having an advance plan of what the family will be doing will cause a lot less anxiety for an exceptional child and those around them. Knowing what to expect and when can decrease a lot of meltdowns and stress surrounding change.
- Incorporate fun family traditions year in/year out: Just as you would do with a neuro typical child, have family traditions that you carry out that your child can gravitate to- Easter Egg Hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, a traditional family meal, a special family outing. They will look forward to these events as markers and enjoy the predictability of them.
- Decorating the house for Easter: Even if they are young, decorating the house with their crafts or buying decorations can make a difference in how they perceive and look forward to the holidays.
- Keep bedtime and wake times as close as possible to usual ones: This is a tough one, but an overtired exceptional child will not be one who adjusts well to change. It will be tougher than ever. Make sure they get enough rest.
- Make downtime for you as a parent: Another tough one! Parents must also try and find some downtime for themselves in order to be able to handle the tough times they may encounter as well as enjoy the good times. Even if it’s stealing away for a short walk or a cup of coffee and some web surfing in another room, it counts parents! You took a break!
Exceptional Parents, what are your secrets to having a great Easter/Passover weekend? Remember, whether your weekends have been successful or not in the past, never be afraid to learn all you can from what worked as well as what did not work. Never beat yourself up. You, like your child, are a work in progress, or rather a parent in progress learning all you can about patience, love and hope from your child. Remember, do the best you can and that will always be enough. Your child will feel your love and belief in them. Until next time.
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