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Creating a Smooth Transition into Summer for Children with Autism: 5 Essential Strategies

By: Brittany Rashid / 27 Jun 2023

As the school year ends and summer gears up, it's important for parents of children with autism to plan for a structured transition. Kids with autism often struggle with changes in routine, but with a well-planned schedule, you can make the transition smooth and enjoyable for your child. Here are 5 ways you can create a smooth transition into summer for your child. 


1. Start by creating a visual daily schedule

This schedule should include a balance of structured activities, free time, and relaxation. The structured activities can be anything, from going to the park, swimming lessons, or playing educational games. The free time can be used for activities that your child enjoys, such as reading, playing video games, or spending time with friends. Relaxation time should focus on unwinding and can involve activities like reading or listening to music.

2. Involve your child in creating the schedule.

 When creating a summer schedule, involve your child in the decision-making process. Engaging them in the planning helps them feel more in control and invested in the routine. 

3. Use visual supports

 Incorporate pictures, icons, or written words to represent each activity or transition throughout the day. Display the schedule in a prominent place where your child can easily refer to it. Visual cues provide a clear and tangible representation of the day's plan, reducing anxiety and promoting independence. For your convenience, we created a daily routine template with visual cues you can use to make a schedule! 

4. Incorporate Special Interests

 Identify your child's special interests and incorporate them into the schedule whenever possible. Whether it's outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, or a specific hobby, tailoring activities to their passions encourages self-expression and can lead to new learning opportunities.

5. Maintain Consistency

While the summer schedule may differ from the school routine, try to maintain consistency in meal times, bedtime, and other essential daily activities. Consistency provides a reassuring anchor amidst the changes, facilitating a smoother transition and promoting a sense of stability.

With thoughtful planning and a structured approach, you can ensure a positive and enjoyable summer for your child with autism. 

If you believe your child may have autism, Centria Autism is there to provide guidance and support every step of the way

If you believe your child may have autism, Centria Autism is there to provide guidance and support every step of the way

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