Coping with change can be especially troubling for children with Autism. Returning to school after an extended break can feel unsettling. But there are ways that we can support our kids to help them to have a smooth transition.
Providing a Sensory Space at Home
Schools by their very nature can feel like a bombardment to the senses. They are often loud places with bright lights and a lot of movement. And because children with autism can experience having a range of sensory needs, school can feel overwhelming. At the end of the school day, children with autism may need some downtime. Providing an area in your home where your child can spend some quite moments after school might help. And remember, it doesn’t have to be a big area. It could be a designated corner of their room.
What does a Sensory Space look and feel like?
Depending on your child’s needs and their age you might like to try a few different things. For example, why not try a soft, squishy rug that feels nice to sit on. Or maybe your child would like a furry, warm rug. Perhaps a sensory table could provide a place to play and manipulate different items you have available. What about trying a sensory swing can be a comforting place for your child to lay and relax after school.
Experiment and Do What Works
All families have a variety of challenges to navigate. Don’t be afraid to try something new. With time you will find what works best for your child and your family.