Monday, 15 July 2019


🇳🇬In Nigeria most schools are presently on summer holiday. Some families prefer to take a vacation trip to unwind and have a change of scene.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦For families with a child or children with special needs, taking a vacation can be overwhelming for the child and stressful for the rest of the family. Here are some tips that could help in preparing your child with special needs for a vacation:

👉🏾Create a "social story" explaining where you're going and what you'll be doing. If possible, use real photographs of the people and places. Read it together early and often.

👉🏾Talk about your plans with your child, sharing and emphasizing the positive. Keep it as simple as necessary. For example, "when we get to the beach you'll get to splash me!"

👉🏾Consider using a reward system for great behavior. For example, "If you can sit with us at the restaurant until everyone is finished, you can watch an episode of your favorite TV show."

👉🏾Have a plan for each day, and go over the plan at breakfast. Use visual schedules to help your child make sense of and remember what you have in mind. [Credit:].


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