With Covid-19, the whole world is under quarantine. For most parents, this represents a few changes in education and curricula. However, for parents on the spectrum, the challenge goes to a whole new level.
Schedule changes, isolation, and lack of resources can bring an increased amount of tension. However, there is hope! Today, we want to share with you 5 extra tips to ease the task and make the most out of homeschooling and quarantine!
5 Tips For Homeschooling ASD Children
Fixations: Homeschooling can be full of distractions. The family pet, the washing machine noises, yelling of siblings, and the list goes on. For this reason, it is important to make use of attractive topics or of interest to your child. Fixations can be a good thing for this purpose. Whatever he/she is into, bring it to the conversation and reinforce it with visuals. If your child is currently into trains use that as a learning tool. For example, if your child is learning the numbers, use trains as visual support. Not only will this help them to remember the information as they learn, but it will also make the learning process interesting for them and will help to hold their attention.
Breaks: Homeschooling can be a lot to take in especially if you are homeschooling to more than one child. For this reason, it is important to take breaks often. We highly encourage you to give your children a break after each lesson. So, if you are having 3 lessons a day, you are offering them 2 breaks (Lesson 1 – Break – Lesson 2 – Break – Lesson 3 – End). This gives them a better opportunity to feel relaxed, and at the same time to make the most out of the learning lesson.
Keep a Schedule: Having a visual schedule is key to supporting your children. ASD children thrive in structures, so providing them with a visual schedule is crucial. Try to paste the schedule in a place where they can constantly see it, so they can know what comes next. If your child is still learning how to read, make it full of images. The point is to inform your child of the coming activities.
Move: Incorporating a physical activity is necessary to ease anxiety. We understand that with quarantine it can be difficult to have access to gyms or parks. However, your backyard or your porch can be a good alternative.
The following ideas can be helpful to move and get active:
- Easter egg hunt.
- Playing with bubbles.
- Setting an obstacle race.
Be Patient: Some days you will feel like you have accomplished a lot and others you might feel like you didn’t, and that is okay. Remember that this situation won´t be forever and it’s not a competition of overachieving either. The whole point of homeschooling is to keep things as “normal” as possible. So give yourself a high five and know that you got this and you are doing incredible!
You got this mommy!
We understand that having yourself and your children in quarantine can be challenging. However, we want to remind you that you are not alone and that we are here to answer all your questions related to autism, covid-19, prevention, stem cells and more. Feel free to contact us in the comment section!
At WSCC, we offer support for autistic families and their children with Stem Cell Therapy treatments that can transform autistic conditions by healing the gut, decreasing inflammation and improving brain function. We also created an on Facebook that is destined to offer support and companionship for ASD parents and their families on their journey.
Remember, you are not alone!