How to Help Your Child Manage Spring Fever
Daylight Savings time is around the corner. The days will be growing longer; the birds out your window will be louder and humming with energy…and so will your kids. It’s nearly impossible to focus this time of year when flowers are blooming and cool mornings give way to mellow afternoons. We are all ready to break from routines and shake of the stiffness of winter. But if your child has special needs, routines are important and getting that energy out if you have a physical disability brings its own challenges. And yet, they feel the need to move and the desire to embrace the new season for all its worth too. So, here are some easy ways to make Spring Fever work in your favor.
A. Eats: Eat breakfast on the deck. Take an afternoon picnic to the park. Dine al fresco whenever you can. Just the simple act of eating out in the sun and the breeze is refreshing. It requires little preparation to pack their favorite snacks and throw a blanket in the back of your car for the next impromptu dining experience.
B. Therapy: Like any good teacher knows, a classic motivator for students is the potential for class outside. The same goes for therapy routines. Take a yoga mat outside for those regular stretching routines. Make an obstacle course in the driveway for that gait-trainer or wheelchair. Work on some gross motor skills with sidewalk chalk. Sneak in some speech therapy with a scavenger nature hunt. It will feel less like work and more like play.
C. Homework: Summer is around the corner. The pools have posted their opening dates. Nobody wants to think about algebra. But as every teacher will remind you, there’s still a quarter or more of the year left. It’s not quite time for the downhill slide. So, take homework to the park before dinner. Read that book for English class in a hammock in the sun. Do whatever you can to help your kids stay on track before the big deep release into summer.
Bring It Inside
If your child has sensory issues, all the unpredictable weather of spring can bring more stress than excitement. So bring some of the goodness indoors. Start an herb garden. Open the windows and air out the house. Pick some daffodils for the kitchen table. Let them help you make a new wreath for the door. Sneak in some new foods with seasonal spring greens. If the outdoors is a little too stimulating, there are plenty of ways to bring spring onto your kid’s turf.
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