Holiday Tips!

holiday tipsThe holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. It is also a time to give thanks and celebrate the spirit of giving and receiving. Below you will find some helpful tips to help make this holiday season merry and bright for your child and your family

Maintain your child’s routine. During the holiday break, your child may have a difficult time shifting in and out of their school routine. Try and keep the same sleep schedule and their daily routines to help prepare for a smooth transition back to school.  

Keep your child active when waiting in lines or while traveling. Holiday shopping and long car or airplane rides go hand-in-hand with lots of waiting. Keep tiny toys such as fidgets, squishy toys, or Play-Doh on hand during your outings or trips so your child may keep busy and pass the time more easily. 

Practice problem solving. During the break, you can include problem-solving activities such as: hanging ornaments, packing decorations when ready, wrapping oddly-shaped gifts, and unwrapping gifts in various types of boxes!

Practice opportunities to generalize skills. If going to a friend or relative’s house for the holidays, take this opportunity to generalize your child’s skills. Ideas include generalizing new foods in new settings! Bring highly-preferred edible snacks as a reinforcement for your child when they try something new at a relative’s home. Or, when visiting with family, take those opportunities to practice the generalization of social skills and verbal behavior!

Use visuals aids for gifts. If your child is not yet reading, place pictures of them on their gifts instead of their name, or have them do the same for gifts they will be handing out. You can even integrate some problem solving with your child when helping to distribute gifts. Looking for a last-minute gift? Here are our favorite sensory-friendly gifts this year! 

From all of us at FirstSteps, we wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season! 

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