Schools are now closed across the UK and parents will be faced with the challenging task of looking after children while continuing to work from home.
School closures which cause disruption in routine for children with autism or special needs can be incredibly hard. Nicola Baldwin, our Parent Support Coordinator has some advice.
Here are some helpful tips for parenting teenagers, and young adults, suddenly at home, during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Children will know about the virus, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it as this can make children worry more.
Your goal is to help your children feel informed with fact-based information that is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re hearing from their friends or on their newsfeeds.
At times like these, your children may be experiencing some emotions that they haven’t fully felt before. The time you have in the home together could be fraught with outbursts but, at Fegans we see this as an opportunity for you to help your youngsters deal with their feelings and learn to communicate them to others.
Advice from our Parenting Support Lead and free printable timetable template.
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With families spending more time in the home and self-isolating, the chances of tantrums and meltdowns are likely to increase, particularly if we are struggling ourselves.
We know many parents will worry about the impact of school closures on their child emotionally and academically, but this time when we are all together can be a great opportunity to start building on improving a child's confidence.
Parents are a child's first teachers and role models. And usually children are more affected by what their parents do than by what their parents say. They learn how to behave by seeing how their mothers and fathers behave and by following their example. The way we, as parents, deal with the current pandemic and self-isolation, will influence how are children respond to the situation.
With families spending so much time together, now is the perfect time to throw yourself in to child-led play.