Autism, Parenting and COVID-19
1. Keep things the same, even as they are changing.
2. Create a visual schedule.
You must stick to your new routine, so that your child can rely on the familiar during the unfamiliar. Include building in downtime for yourself, as well as your child. Please take a look at our sample schedule below:
3. Don’t feel bad.
When your child starts venting or expressing how much they miss their friends or extracurricular activities, try not to let guilt set in. The situation is what it is, and it calls for you to be the best example of making lemonade out of lemons. If you allow your guilt to outweigh your confidence, you’ll allow exceptions to your new rules as special treats to make things easier for your child. Don’t do that. Just stick to the schedule and offer a gift of encouragement after your child has completed the tasks on their list.
Can you remember the last time you cooked breakfast in the morning or had the opportunity to work while your children studied at the same time? Can you imagine a fun movie night? While we are all adjusting, there is always a silver lining!