Routines and familiarity often make children feel safe. Some children find change harder to handle then others. If a child’s routine changes it can make them feel anxious or sometimes angry. They may not be able to express why they are feeling these emotions.
These top tips may help:
- Let children talk through the changes, listen and ask them questions.
- Be positive but also acknowledge their emotions, it is alright for them to feel sad or cross.
- Try and get into some kind of a routine.
- Some children will enjoy making a plan with you. Others may respond well to a visual timetable – keep it simple and be flexible.
- If your child struggles to end activities, an egg timer or digital (phone) timer can help.
- Allow time to relax, if children are feeling stressed/tired try and encourage some down time or mindfulness.
- Be understanding, they may push the boundaries while getting use to a new routine.
- Social stories can help children with communication difficulties understand what is happening (have a look online – we have some on our website too).
- Keep in touch with friends via Face Time, phone calls, emails and/or send a letter.
- Put in boundaries early on about how long and when they can go on gaming and social media. Too much can impact badly on behaviour. If you start with a good routine they are more likely to stick to it.
- Keep active. Getting outdoors (in the garden if you have one) is great for lifting everyone’s mood.
- Remember – no one is perfect – be kind to your children and yourself.
- You can also read lots of information on our News webpages here.
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