Autism & Summer Holidays

Michelle Fremah
January 16, 2024

We are so excited to be working with Michelle, a Child Development Specialist. Michelle is a private tutor currently studying a masters in Child Development at UCL with the desire to become a qualified Educational Psychologist. Her passion lies in her ability to support children and young people from underprivileged backgrounds to have equal access to the services available to them in further and higher education to inspire them to maximise their full potential.

As we near the end of yet another academic year, many kids are looking forward to taking a break from their studies to indulge in some fun activities to commemorate the long-awaited summer holidays. However, whilst this time is seen as a treat for the majority, we take note of the challenge this can present to both parents and children diagnosed with autism. As the six weeks holidays impose a disruption to regular routines, children with autism may face a level of anxiety and apprehension due to this obligated change. Acknowledging the effect and pressure this can have on parents, we look into different methods that can be adopted to ease the process for a better outcome and transition:

  • Stay Informed

Find out activities and resources available to you and your child in your local area during the summer holidays. This information can usually be accessed through the council website or online communities such as the National Autistic Society website. By doing this, you will have the opportunity to rub shoulders and network with like-minded people who may spring forth new ideas to keep your child occupied and even welcome the chance to join forces for play dates.

  • Routine

Where possible, stick to the same routine that is usually followed on a normal school day to maintain a level of consistency to whatever degree. This can also include incorporating activities from the school day to enhance familiarity. Ask schoolteachers to get a better understanding of how the day is run as this will aid in your ability to plan for a productive day.

  • Visual Support

Support from visuals can build confidence, improve understanding and encourage independence. This can be incorporated into a calendar as soon as possible to allow time for the soon adjustments. This tip works hand in hand with building routines as they can be supported with the use of visuals. Again, you have the option to approach the school to find out what visual aids are used and how they are used so that the same strategies are applied.

  • What works best for yours

Do what works for you and your child. If this means making last-minute changes to accommodate what the day brings then don’t feel bad to do just that. Remember, all children are different, and you are the best person to decide what that means for yours. Allow room for flexibility and also welcome the opportunity to relax if it is needed, even if it is just for yourself.

The SEN Expert offers a range of services for young people, families and schools. We offer support for parents to help navigate the complex world of Special Educational Needs. We will work with you closely to ensure the best for your child.

The SEN Expert was set up by Claire in 2021 following a successful career spanning 12 years in school improvement, special educational needs, safeguarding and the arts.

Claire has worked as a Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Consultant and SENCO in both state and private schools in inner city London, the Southwest, the Midlands and the USA.

Throughout her career, Claire has ensured solid outcomes for the young people she has worked with. Be that a set of good exam grades, a placement in specialist setting or getting a part time job.

Claire is a working mother, and understands the challenges parents face trying to ensure their children are happy and successful. We aim to provide young people with a creative route to the personal and professional adult life they deserve.

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