Categories: ASD and DD, Child-focused; COVID-19 Topics
• Make an inside fort. This is a great way for kids of all ages to engage in imaginative play. Inside forts are wonderful places to enjoy some quiet reading time, eat a snack, or hide from your siblings! Gather up some sheets, a couple of chairs, and a pile of books, and check out this video.
By Erica Kearney, M.A., LABA, BCBA, and Brittany Juban, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D
[This column was published in the West Springfield Republican on 1/14/21, in the Randolph Herald, Canton Journal, Stoughton Journal, and Holbrook Sun on 1/23/21, and in the Daily Times Chronicle on 2/12/21.]
In previous years, many of us might have welcomed the advent of winter and the opportunity to stay home with the family to enjoy inside activities together. This year, however, it seems as if we have been doing that for the past nine months in an effort to stay safe while the pandemic rages outside our doors.
It’s no wonder that many families are looking for new ways to keep their children busy and happy during the long, cold winter months ahead. This can be especially challenging for those who are trying to limit the amount of time their children spend watching TV or playing games on electronic devices.
It’s time to get creative and think outside the box. Listed below are a few ideas to get you started. They are appropriate for neurotypical children and for those with special needs.
It is important that we all stay positive and continue to do our best to keep ourselves and loved ones safe during these unprecedented times. Finding time for family fun can help to raise spirits during the long winter months.
Erica Kearney, M.A., LABA, BCBA, is Executive Director at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Juban, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, is a Clinical Director at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield, Mass. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. May Institute operates four schools for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities, including one in West Springfield, Mass. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.