5 ideas to assist preschoolers with particular wants through the pandemic | Parenting
You can also work with different advocacy groups like the Special Olympics to see what types of programs are available in your area.
3. Work on goals in the child’s individualized education program
A child’s individualized education program should outline the child’s strengths and weaknesses. The IEP should also include goals to support learning in all areas, such as language skills, social skills and the like.
Asking teachers and therapists about how those goals are being addressed at school can give parents ideas about how to naturally incorporate them into a child’s daily routine. For example, if a child is working on counting items one at a time, parents can count oranges at the grocery store or goldfish crackers on a lunch plate.
4. Take a play-based approach to learning
Embedding learning into play allows parents to teach their child without the formality – and, let’s face it, dullness – of tools like flashcards and worksheets.
Reading and asking questions, playing games like Go Fish where children can identify colors and numbers, spraying a small amount of shaving cream on a flat surface and writing letters in it, and even counting snowballs can be used as learning opportunities.