Time for bed: Tips to ease the routine
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Bedtime routines for children with special needs can be as challenging as accomplishing daytime activities.
But by using many of the same goal-setting principles that help you through the day, getting your child ready for tomorrow doesn't need to be the challenge it often is.
Here are some tips:
- Establish a bedtime.
- Establish a routine. This might include using a journal to jot down what happened during the day and what your child hopes to accomplish the following day. Activities should be soothing, like taking a warm bath. But consider your child's experiences first. For example, a bath might be too overwhelming or even frightening to include as a nighttime activity.
- Use visual aids that chart the bedtime routine. Saying good night to certain people and objects also might help.
- Listen to calm music.
- Plan for the next day. This includes packing your child's backpack together and laying out his or her clothes.