Strategies for Families of Children with Special Needs

May 27, 2020
Strategies for Families of Children with Special Needs

This tip of the week comes from Developmental Pediatrician, Caroline Martinez MD. This time can be particularly difficult for kids with special needs due to frequent changes in their schedule, which can often lead to problem behavior and increased anxiety. Read below for some strategies you can use to help your child:

1. Establish and maintain new routines – these help children feel secure.

2. Pick consistent times for activities, breakfast, lunch, dinner, bed. Consider making a written visual schedule

3. Establish clear expectations and rules – i.e.) amount of non-school related screen time allowed.

4. Engage child in household chores – This is a good time to work on daily living and independent skills. Pick one skill to work on per day. Prioritize needs of the child and consider milestones they have been working towards recently.

5. Track progress and any regression- this will help with targeting needs when school resumes.

6. If behavior issues arise, go back to basic behavior management skills: ignore negative behavior, reward positive behaviors. Follow through with requests and expectations.

7. Try to collaborate and connect with your child. Be patient as changes take time. Take care of yourself!

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