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While summer elicits thoughts of relaxation, vacation, and time off for most people, families of young children with disabilities may have different perceptions. In our continuing “Ask the Expert” series, we posed some questions about summer to Debbie Whitmer, a mother of a child with a disability and Shasta College instructor in Early Childhood Education. Here are her reflections on managing the changes that come with the end of the school year.
What were some of your primary concerns related to the transition from the school year to the summer months?
Structure and consistent routines are important for many children, especially those with autism spectrum disorders. In the summer, programs may have different schedules and may rotate providers to cover vacations. Being aware of these changes and preparing your child ahead of the summer months for new schedules and people is important. Another challenge can be the weather and the need to wear different clothes, add hats and sunglasses