Creating a summer routine: Enriching (and fun!) activities for children with disabilities
By Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health National Director of Family Engagement
Summer is a time of fun in the sun and making new memories.
Although my children are now grown, I distinctly remember the days when they could not wait for their summer break to begin. As a parent, this time of year brought both feelings of excitement and apprehension. I wondered how I would keep them busy – and happy – without their school routine.
This was especially true for my daughter, Annie, who has autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. While all children do better with a schedule, those who have disabilities thrive with predictability.
If you are looking to create a summer routine for your child, there are some activities you can incorporate into your calendar to provide structure, a sense of stability – and fun.
With a little innovation and planning, you can create memorable moments and help your child enjoy a successful summer break.
About Amy Kelly …
Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, is the mother to Danny, Annie and Ryan. Annie is diagnosed with moderate to severe autism, verbal apraxia, intellectual and developmental disabilities and general anxiety disorder. Amy is the National Director of Family Engagement for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, and serves as a family representative on several special needs boards in the community, locally and nationally. In addition, she participates with other patients and families in efforts supported by the Autism Care Network, and serves on an executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics to assist children and adolescents with special needs and the importance of quality care.
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