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Mornings can be chaotic regardless of the circumstance. Between preparing schoolbags, making breakfast, actually getting through breakfast, packing lunches, walking the dogs, and trying to find your kid’s other shoe so you can leave the house already, morning mayhem is part of everyone’s routine! Being the parent of a special needs child adds an entirely different element of preparation to the day. But with a little planning, mornings could be a more seamless operation.Mother and daughter under blanket - Special Needs Essentials

1. Get Good Sleep

First and foremost, getting a good night’s sleep is paramount in shaping the next morning for success. It’s important to get on a consistent sleep-and-wake schedule, and stick to it. Try making your child’s room as dark as possible to help ensure a full night’s rest. Weighted blankets can help, too.

2. Develop A Ritual

Believe it or not, all children love rituals. But when your family has special needs, the discipline of a routine is essential. Make your mornings an orderly endeavor: do the same things in the same order every day, beginning when the alarm clock first rings. Time Timer clocks can help your child understand this routine better, in a visual way.

3. Promote Your Child’s Independence

Your child’s independence is the key, as it will save you more time for other tasks. Breakfast is an opportunity to help arm your child with more independence, which is achievable by using adapted tools at the table. Breakfast not only gives your kids the strength to face the day, but it also adds a great step to your daily ritual that your child can count on and even look forward to. Try these five products, all designed to promote your child’s independence in the morning.

1. Safety toothbrush

Safety toothbrush - Special Needs Essentials

2. Timer Timer

Time Timer with handle - Special Needs Essentials

3. Recessed lid cup

4. Non-sleep reel

5. Pencil grips (to use with silverware or toothbrush!)

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Although a large spectrum of support exists for children with special needs, the offers tend to slim down for young adults and grown-ups. Unfortunately, many young adults are intimidated by the apparent closing of employment opportunities because of their condition. Some end up staying with their parents, unsure of how to move on after a successful education.

  1. Special businesses

Special Kneads and Treats - Special Needs EssentialFortunately, exceptional initiatives exist. Some businesses out there are truly dedicated to integrating persons with special needs in the workplace and in the society in general, such as Special Kneads and Treats bakery in Lawrenceville, GA, or the car wash Rising Tide in Florida. See our Facebook page for more related posts. Far from doing charity, those companies capitalize on the special skills of their employees, such as the need for repetitive tasks that makes autistic people excel in a car wash. At the bakery, employees with special needs are paired with other employees, so that they complete each other: as the person with special needs benefits from a comprehensive life skills training, the other learns from a unique mindset. More than a paycheck, those businesses offer a complete integration program. Don’t miss these opportunities!

  1. Other businesses

Initiatives are also taken more and more often in the rest of the workplace to integrate persons with special needs, as the law and mentalities change. Small businesses may be more welcoming, allowing workers to integrate in a human-scale team with little pressure for immediate results. They can teach basic professional skills to a young adult with special needs, such as punctuality, customer service and respect of the hierarchy, as well as skills related to the job.

  1. Now in practice!

Disabled young adult - Special Needs Essentials

Now, in practice, how do you proceed to help a young adult with special needs find a job? Stay aware of any exceptional initiatives taken in your area, through your favorite local media and support groups. Go to a job counselor, who may not be specialized in special needs employment, but will have a global view of the job market in your area and will give the right direction to your search. Most importantly, keep your child motivated to work hard for this project and not be discouraged by negative answers. Good luck!!!

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