It's happy-start-of-Christmas-break day today in my town, with a half-day of school and a week-plus of unstructured time ahead. That may be a delicious prospect for some kids and parents, but if your child uses a strict routine as a way to pull himself through the chaos and sensory overload of life, you're likely to feel somewhat Grinch-like at the prospect. Therapy also takes a vacation this time of year, and you may feel stuck watching all the gains your child has made in school idle and start to drift into reverse. All you want for Christmas? A little routine, please.
That's a gift you can give yourself, fortunately, at least in stocking-stuffer-sized amounts. Read my articles about keeping therapy going during school breaks, keeping learning going during school breaks, and taking your child's routine on vacation for ideas on maintaining some forward motion during these days off. Let your child know each day what's planned, and fill the schedule as much as possible with fun activities you can control. Crafts in the kitchen? Yay! Standing outside for four hours to watch a holiday parade? Boo.
How do you handle routine during weeks off from school? Share your inspirations in the comments.