Tips to manage and enjoy Christmas and the holiday season
The end of the year and the festive season can be filled with fun and anticipation but can also bring challenges for everyone, including children living with a disability. As we approach Christmas and the holiday season it can be helpful to have some tips up your sleeve of ways to prepare your child for family occasions, trips away and changes to the regular weekly routine.
Our team of occupational therapists and speech pathologists have contributed some ideas that may be helpful for your family. The aim is to prepare and support your child so this can be an enjoyable time for the whole family. Remember to chat to your therapists about any concerns you may have so that we can best support your family.
Our new favourite toy!
We love it when we find a solution to someone’s needs that allows them to get out and participate in activities that were previously difficult or near impossible. One of our occupational therapists in Caulfield has recently found a solution to a young girls noise sensitivity that has worked a treat:
“I’ve recently found great success with a child who was very sensitive to noise using our ear muffs for kids http://www.everydaykids.com.au/collections/sensory/products/ear-muffs-for-kids
A young girl I worked with would become extremely upset and anxious in a loud classroom or out and about in a noisy environment. We trialled the use of the ear muffs for kids and they worked so well for this little girl that mum insisted on purchasing two sets – one for home and one for school. The school now report that when it is getting too noisy in the classroom, she will go to her bag and pull out the headphones. She no longer becomes upset or anxious. Mum also says that they are using the ear muffs for going shopping and that she can now get everything she needs at the shop in one visit! This little girl also loves them because they are PINK!”