The holidays are a joyful time, meant to be spent with family and loved ones. However, it can be a season that can be a difficult time for families with children with disabilities, due to changes in routines, and the excessive amount of noise and events being held.
There are, however, coping mechanisms that help families survive the holiday season allowing them to enjoy this time much more.
1. Try not to over-schedule
It may be tempting to get involved in many activities over the Christmas period and this can wind up being way too much for your child. It’s better to have one successful event than many stressful ones.
2. Bring your food and supplies to gatherings
If your child is a picky eater or on a special diet, or if s/he might have a tantrum over missing his/her favourite food, bring your own. Also, bring items that will help calm your child such as books, electronic devices or toys.
3. Schedule ample help
It’s a good idea to schedule extra help during the holidays. This extra help can watch your child when there are activities that you’d like to attend but aren’t exactly fit for your child. Also, it’s important to have some time to yourself as it helps you perform better as a parent. If you wish to spend some alone time or get a manicure and pedicure this holiday season, consider looking into HILA’s respite services.
Casa Apap Bologna offers short stays which can range from an afternoon to weeks, depending on individual needs. HILA provide different packages and detailed care plans with the client and relatives in mind.