We know our child is a creature of habit so let’s build on that.
As parents of children with learning disabilities mornings can be extremely difficult. My Asperger child, whom will soon be 21, had difficult mornings every day! I want to help you and your child and this list is a great start.
- A positive attitude is contagious when it comes to our Asperger child so use it as often as possible. Read about my positive reinforcement technique within my blog. This technique saved me a great deal of frustration at home. Getting others on board to follow the same technique was the hard part but is key for a structured environment.
- Whenever you are able, going to sleep early means getting up early. Giving your child some time to adjust to getting ready for the day is key to eliminating morning meltdowns.
- Structure, follow the same routine every day. Use visuals to show what each task is in the morning to keep your child on track. For example, having clothes laid out, a picture of breakfast, and so on.
- Watching a clock with moving hands is a great visual for moving to the next task in a timely manner. If you need a visual to stop a task, flick the lights.
- Take the same route to your morning destination. I can not explain how important this was in my son’s life. If there was a train on our way to anywhere, there was a complete meltdown.
This is a list of information that will aid in your child’s mood for the day. But there are so many more factors that go into our children having what is a great day, for them. As we know, each one of our children is different. I love different, I know you do too. Please sign up to my email subscriptions to receive so many more techniques, coaching webinars and how to introduce the Visually Necessary program into your child’s daycare and elementary school.
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