- The night before: talk about tomorrow- this could be verbally or by use of a picture schedule
- In the morning: review the schedule for the day- some children need specifics including times, others will be o.k. with first school, then home
- This is the time to ramp up heavy work! Allow your child the opportunity to run and play outside, and encourage activities where they have to push objects, pull ropes, carry weighted materials.
- Some children may need a time to “chill out” before beginning homework. Give your child a structured period of time to relax: one game, one show, etc. Then, prior to beginning homework, have your child get moving (chair push ups, wheelbarrow walks, animal walks, carry a laundry basket upstairs, etc.) for about ten minutes.
- Provide Structure- this is hard for some of us, but try to have dinner at the same time, follow the same bedtime routine (bath, books, bed) and get them to bed at the same time
- And, as well all know…get plenty of sleep and eat right! This can be a challenge in itself for our sensory kids, so especially during this period, don’t make any changes to your child’s bedroom, sleeping habits, eating habits, etc. Save your new recipes for later and allow about a month to six weeks to pass before you begin any new vitamins or medication.
Michelle Yoder, OTR/L