The holiday season is a wonderful time filled with festivities, family, and a break from the usual routine. However, for children with autism receiving ABA therapy, the transition back to therapy sessions after the holidays can sometimes be challenging.
Returning to the structured therapy environment might seem daunting, but fear not! Here are some tips to help ease this transition and ensure a smooth return to therapy for your child:
Ease back into the routine by gradually reintroducing elements of therapy. Start with shorter sessions or fewer activities to allow your child to readjust comfortably.
Talk to your child about returning to therapy a few days before the actual session. Use visual aids or social stories to illustrate what to expect, reducing anxiety and building anticipation positively.
Re-establishing familiar routines can provide a sense of security. Maintaining consistency can ease the transition, whether it's a morning routine or a particular way of starting therapy sessions.
Acknowledge and celebrate your child's achievements during therapy. Remind them of their progress and how returning to therapy will help them continue learning and growing.
Communicate with Therapists
Share any concerns or observations with the therapists. Their insights and tailored approaches can be invaluable in making the transition smoother for your child.
Offer positive reinforcement for attending therapy sessions. Use rewards or incentives to motivate and encourage your child.
Patience and Support
Be patient with your child during this transition period. Offer reassurance, support, and encouragement, emphasizing that therapy is a safe and supportive place to learn and grow.
Remember, each child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Adapting these tips to suit your child's needs and preferences is okay.
Returning to ABA therapy after the holidays might take a bit of adjustment, but with understanding, patience, and support, it can be a positive experience for both you and your child.
Wishing you and your child a successful and rewarding return to therapy!