We all remember the excitement that we felt on Christmas day as a child (and the excitement that many of us still feel as adults!). We used to run down the stairs while it was still dark (or still do). We feel the anticipation of what was in our presents. What had Father Christmas left for us?
Children with additional needs don’t always feel this excitement, or may not show their excitement the way we would expect them to, it can be challenging for parents when their children do not show the excitement and happiness they so wish for them.
Putting the excitement in to present opening:
Start working on your child’s sense of something being a present even if they cannot see it. You could find a sack and do a ‘lucky dip’. Fill it with their favourite things and get them to reach their hand in (you may need to guide their hand the first few times) throughout the day.
- You may like to have a box with a lid (something that looks like a ‘present’ box) that comes off and on easily and quickly. Inside the box have a very high motivator. You may like to consider something that is often not allowed, such as a sweet or a chip. It is important that your child doesn’t have access to these items or activities at any other time.