July 21, 2018

Creating Summer Structure for Kids with Autism

A person with autism thrives on being in a familiar environment with routine and structure. So while kids with autism may not enjoy every minute of every school day, they do find comfort in the structure.

Summer vacation, on the other hand, can be difficult for kids with autism because their “safe” routines are gone.

In her blog post, Preparing Children with Autism for Summer, Brittany Fichter states one of the most important way to help your child adjust to summer vacation is to create a structure of your own beginning with simple things like:

  • Time to get out of bed
  • Breakfast
  • Time outside
  • Lunch
  • Reading time
  • Tech time
  • Dinner
  • Bedtime

Additional activities might include:

  • Pursuing Favorite Interests – If your child is obsessed with sharks, for example, summer is a perfect time to get books on sharks from the library, watch documentaries, research them on the computer, etc.
  • Assign Practice Homework – A little bit of homework over the summer will help keep their brains active and they’ll be more ready to learn when school resumes.
  • Get Them Out of the House – If Summer Camp is not an option, plan regular visits to the local library, the zoo or museum, even a park.
  • Physical Activity –   A trip to the local playground may work for some; indoor options include Wii or Xbox Kinect, and Zumba Kids has great videos on YouTube.