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15. Winter Tips for Challenged Kids

With the changes in routine during the winter holiday season, it is a good idea to consider some of the ways to plan ahead and prepare your challenged child for things that are different than usual.

Here are some ideas to consider:

Have a buddy lined up with each younger child for when they go out playing in the snow. Then, if there is an accident, such as slipping on ice there is someone to go for help.

Playing in the snow with a sled? Try to introduce your child to how a sled functions before going outside. Point out the steering mechanism and the metal rudders and how the steering works. This demonstration before hand gives a measure of confidence before taking the sled out for a test run.

And as in all snow play, the buddy system is a good idea for safety's sake. And about sled manners - point out that it is so important to try not to run into others with the sled.

If it is snowing and visibility is low, it is to best either have an adult go outdoors and supervise, or watch the falling snow from indoors through a window or sliding glass door.

Indoor activities during the holidays present differences in both routine and the decorations in the house. Number one concern is candles. Aren't we all fascinated by the brightness, light, and warmth of lit candles? Be extremely diligent in impressing on your kids not to play with or near burning candles.

To begin with, if you have lit candles such as on the mantle, be sure an adult is in the room for supervision. Toys and couch pillows flying around the room are just what are so dangerous.

Though winter can be a fun time, for kids used to a set daily routine there may be some upsets. At least try to think ahead on the safety issues brought up here. I still remember burning myself leaning against a metal wood burning stove as a child. Not fun.

Article by Susan Kramer

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