Thursday, July 28, 2016

Visits to Grandparents

Do you have parents and in-laws that have your children come and stay with them for a few days. This is a little tricky with a child with learning differences. Here are a few thoughts.

 

  • My children never had the opportunity to go stay alone with grandparents. So my perspective is one who has looked on at other children and families who have had this opportunity. Even if the situation isn't exactly the way you wish (keeping a schedule, not giving them everything they want), your children have an opportunity to stay with grandparents who want to spend time with them. What a blessing!
  • If the grandparents are willing to take your input for your special needs child, write up some things for the grandparents to refer.
  • Write a social story about staying at the grands. Prepare your child in any way you can.
  • Try a weekend before a longer time if that is possible.
  • Recognize that there will be a real transition when the children arrive after this visit. (We'll talk about this next week).
  • Enjoy your break! Sometimes that's the hardest part but do your best!!

This often becomes a great summer tradition in a family. The first few times may be a bit of a learning curve but in the long run it will be worth it!!