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 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.
- Plan for the next day. This includes packing
your child's backpack together and laying out his or her