Supporting SEND Children with Changes in Routines
Action for Children have put together some helpful tips and information for a time which can bring with it sensory challenges and overwhelming emotions for children with additional needs and disabilities:
- Make lists of possible triggers
- Plan with school about changes in routines/concerts which may become overwhelming
- Involve them in decisions about decorations (lights, colours etc.)
- Prepare them for gifts, whilst we may like surprises, they can be overwhelming for some children
- Create a safe space (without decorations which is familiar)
- Plan and discuss changes in routines
- Plan for visitors and prepare so you know what to do if things become too much
- Be aware of strong smells and loud noises
A useful website is the Witherslack Group page . Please click on this link Changes in Routines to find webinars which will offer guidence and strategies on how to manage presenting or challenging behaviours during changes in routines. There are many areas in which they offer support including going on holiday, sleeping, sibling relationships and social situations.
Click on the link for further information Helpful Hints for a Happy Christmas
Please read this article on Avoiding Sensory Overload at Christmas for additional information.
Charities and organisations supporting young people with conditions including autism, global development delay, an autism spectrum disorder and hearing loss have offered tips to help those with SEND enjoy the celebrations. Please click here for suggestions to help your loved ones.