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  • Writer's pictureAmy Dougley

Helping your child during March break


As March Break approaches many kiddos are excited to be off for a week, while some may not be as excited about the change in routine. This can create a lot of stress for the family and caregivers as they try to navigate the week off whilst finding time for fun and for rest.


Here are some tips to help you and your child(ren) get through the week:


  1. Routines are Important Try and stick to the same routines as you would during school! Continue the same morning and nighttime routines by waking up and going to bed at the same time they would for school. This can bring a sense of normalcy to their ‘new schedule,’ for the week. The same goes for having snacks or lunch at their scheduled breaks during school, it can also assist in continuing their routine while they’re off.

  2. Use a Countdown Sometimes having a conversation with your child may not be enough, having a visual can help! Providing a visual can help them see just how many days are left before they return back to their regular schedule. Some kiddos may be anxious with being off, having them cross off each day on a calendar can help too!

  3. Planned Activities Planning crafts, nature walks, fun academic activities or attending events happening in the community throughout the week will keep them engaged and learning while they are enjoying their week off. Remember to have fun with any academic activities to ensure they get their necessary break too!

  4. Daily Schedule Having unstructured time may result in your child having a meltdown. Alongside the calendar, providing a visual schedule showing them the daily activities can help! They can follow along to see what is up first, and what’s to follow.

  5. Read a Social Story As March Break approaches, creating a social story of what's to come ahead can help your child's transition. You can include any big planned activities such as going on a trip, or day to day activities if friends and families are visiting!

  6. Reach out for Support Many others may be off as well, try and plan play dates with your child's friends. Having support is important to ensure parents and caregivers get breaks and the necessary help needed!

  7. Bring Transition Items Anywhere you end up, be sure to pack extra items that may help in transitioning your child. Your child may find certain activities extremely reinforcing, and may not want to leave. Bringing along a favourite item, this can be their favourite snack, toy or game you name it! Also packing along extra visuals and timers can help too! Once again, give yourself and your kiddo a break during this time as well! If you are interested in learning more about our behavioural team and how they can support you and your child(ren) feel free to reach out to us at 519.751.0728 or email pathwaystohopebrant@gmail.com





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