Preparing For School Over Summer Break

Just because it’s summer break doesn’t mean progress can’t be gained. Use this summer to prepare for the success of next school year by following these tips:

  1. Maintain a consistent schedule as much as possible. This helps the entire family, too. Even if you have other children without Autism, create a schedule for them too.
  2. Include 10 minutes a day working on turn-taking and sharing with siblings. If you have an ABA program, ask your BCBA for advice on how to teach turn-taking and sharing skills.
  3. Refer to the schedule throughout the day to prepare your child with Autism and let him or her know what to expect.
  4. Include novel activities at least twice a week. For example, leave a space in the schedule that says, “Fun!” so your child can also be flexible and understand that not every second needs to be scheduled. Some fun ideas include sidewalk paint, gross motor obstacle outside, sand or water table (Tip: use an empty plastic storage container on two chairs).

Last but not least, don’t forget the sunscreen!