Enrolling a child in daycare is one of the most stressful transitions for parents. It is normal to experience separation anxiety and worry obsessively about the child's ability to adapt to child care. The challenge gets heightened when you have a kid with special needs. Often, it is hard to find a childcare facility that addresses all the concerns you might have about your child's safety and well-being. However, there are ways that you can work with the facility to accommodate your special needs child. Read on to learn more.
1. Plan Together
The first thing that you should consider is a meeting with the childcare facility's managers. The management team will brief you on their mission, vision, and general operations. They will also show you the educational plan they have for children with various special needs. From there, you can craft your child's chart to suit their specific needs.
When creating the chart, set specific developmental goals that are within your child's reach. Also, outline what the caregiver should do to help your child attain them. From the planning meeting, each person will have a clear picture of their responsibility in order to achieve the goal.
2. Get Modified Toys and Equipment
You will most likely find generalised toys in the daycare facility. When buying the toys, the facilities typically have the regular learner in mind. However, you can work with them to modify what they have to suit your child's developmental challenges. The changes can be as simple as putting a sock on a bottle to help a child grasp it better. Constantly come up with ingenious ways of helping your child overcome the learning challenges they encounter in the childcare environment.
3. Model Positive Behaviour
It is always crucial to remember that all children learn from everyone in their environment. Being a play partner is one of the easiest ways to teach the child simple conventions. For example, when you do pretend shopping with a child, you can teach them how to respond to situations such as not having money for a toy they want.
Also, encourage your child to interact with both special needs kids and others. Stay in touch with the facility's management and your child's primary caregiver for regular progress reports.
Your child can transition from home to daycare seamlessly with these few tips. Remember to perform your due diligence and plan adequately with the caregivers for a smooth and stress-free transition.
Contact a daycare provider to learn more.