In the infamous words of Alice Cooper…..schools out for Summer!! No more school run, no more missing pencil cases, no more cry’s of ‘where is my sports kit / recorder / packed lunch / homework’ – tick as appropriate!
You’ve made it through the school year and now you have a long, hot (hopefully!) Summer trying to think up activities to keep everyone happy – including you! Whether you are a working parent, or a stay-at-home parent, it pays to plan ahead if you can. Lots of the activities we talk about are suitable for children with additional needs or learning difficulties. Be led by your child’s imagination – and of course the weather!
MyLiferaft have a great section in their Resources for ideas and suggestions to help you through the next few weeks, however here are a few more to add to the list!
- Have a Mini-Masterchef competition and make sure you include tidying up as part of the end result!
- Create some puppets out of old socks and let the children make up a puppet show for you
- If the weather is not so great, pull the curtains, get out the pop-corn and have a movie afternoon at home
- If you have a garden, vegetable plot or allotment, get the children to help with the digging, weeding and collecting your harvest
- Use the internet to find what you have in your kitchen to make up science experiments (this one is a favourite with one of the Dad’s in the MyLiferaft team!)
Hopefully the sunshine that we experienced in June and July will continue into the school holidays….! There have been lots of Top Tips on the television, radio and in newspapers about keeping cool, however here are a few more from the team here:
- Half fill children’s water bottles with ice-cubes so they stay cooler for longer
- Use freezer ice sachets in picnic and packed lunches to keep food cold if freezer blocks are too large
- Keep sun-tan and after-sun in the fridge (this is a favourite of the team!)
- Join your children in the paddling pool, even if you just dip your feet in! The water can also be used for watering plants, so you are even recycling as well as staying safe!
- Fill a hot water bottle……wait for it……….with ice cubes & cold water!
At MyLiferaft, we aim to give you everything you need in once place and this includes where to go for advice, information and support. Our extensive list of resources has a specific section for School Holidays giving ideas and details of organisations to help with activities for all weathers! We also have links through to organisations that support Parent Carers, Learning Disabilities, Accessibility, Bullying, Going Back to School, Bereavement, Mental Health, Autism, Epilepsy, School Holiday ideas, Benefit information and various NHS information websites.
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What Is MyLiferaft?
MyLiferaft is a free resource which gives a parent of a disabled child, and those who care for them, one central online place where they can add, manage and share information about health, care and well-being. Using MyLiferaft reduces the need for repetition and explanation every time someone new comes in to the care circle, helps improve consistency and is truly centered around the person and their needs.
Other benefits of MyLiferaft include:
- Telling members of your child’s care circle best way to interact you’re your child to reduce levels of stress
- Let others know how to support you and your child i.e. what are their likes and dislikes
- Set reminders so you worry less about forgetting appointments or your child taking their medication
- Try keeping track of your child’s mood so you can spot trends
- Keep a record of what works well for you and your child and what doesn’t, so you can pass this on to others within the care circle
- Set yourself and your child some goals and track how you are getting on with achieving them
- Share your goals with others so they can help you reach them
- Keep a record of meetings/consultations you have with professionals and write down what was discussed so you can refer back to it at any time or share it with others in your child’s care circle
- Share information with others e.g. doctors, family friends, social workers, therapists, teachers etc
Try our Free Account now to discover the many ways in which MyLiferaft can help support those with a learning disability and their care-circle. If you are caring for someone you can set up and manage an account for them which allows both you and them to be fully involved i.e. filling in information together can be a great way to get a conversation going.