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Five Summer Projects

For families of children with Special needs

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It's easy for summer days to slip by with nothing much to show for them, and there's nothing wrong with that -- we all need a little agenda-free time now and then. But summer's also a great time to tackle a task you've been avoiding, and see it through. Want to have something more to show for your time than a good tan and a decent night's sleep? Here are five summer projects to take on, and help for seeing them through.

1. Potty Training

Summer is a good time to finally get your child out of diapers. There's a large supply of unstructured time; nice weather for going around bare-bottomed; and in many cases the deadline of must-be-trained preschool providing motivation. To get started, read:

2. Starting a Reading Routine

Want to keep your child's brain from turning into pudding over the summer? Starting a reading routine is one way to make sure there's a little intellectual stimulation amongst all the video games and TV watching and fun-in-the-sun. To get started, read:

3. Getting Your Records Together

So where are they -- in a drawer? stuffed willy-nilly in a file somewhere? piling up in some rickety stack? All those specialist reports and therapist reports and IEPs and research material and what-not can get out of hand quickly, yet being able to find what you need when you need it is essential for getting your child proper treatment and services. To get started, read:

4. Keeping a Journal

You've been meaning to. Maybe you've even bought a pretty blank book. Or two. But you just can't seem to get going. Keeping a journal is a great way to relieve stress, remember special moments, download deep feelings, and create a bit of time for yourself, but finding the time is sometimes less of a problem than finding the inspiration. To get started, read:

5. Making a Behavior Plan

The summer is when you're likely to have the most uninterrupted time with your child to try out behavioral techniques, set up routines, analyze behavior, implement a plan, and fine-tune your strategies for maximum success. To get started, read:

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