“You can’t just carry everyone else’s hopes and fears around in your backpack and expect to stand up straight.”
Did you know that preparing your child for success also has to do with the right backpack essentials? Packing your child’s personal bag with beneficial items could make a positive impact to their lives and overall wellbeing. And, it’s usually the little pieces and adaptations that make a huge difference!
There are so many activities, sessions and tasks we do on a daily basis to help prepare our children for success. And this is the case whether it be in the classroom, in a home environment or in a therapeutic setting. But, how often have you thought about what you’re packing in your child’s backpack? Having the right backpack items can help your child feel safe, comfortable and happier in their day-to-day lives.
It is important to keep in mind some children with Autism do not enjoy wearing a backpack. If you have a child who doesn’t like wearing a backpack, there are different bags and designs that they may find more comfortable. For example, some bags include hugging chest straps, clips for sensory items, and extra pouches where weights can be put in for extra deep pressure. Adapting and designing a bag that works for your child should be considered first.
Once you find a back that your child enjoys, the essential educational tools will vary based on your child’s interests and needs. Keep in mind, you can adapt and design the inside of the back to meet your child’s needs too. Here are some ideas you can use stock your child’s backpack with:
- Sensory Items: Playdoh, sensory toys, weighted ball or blanket, bubbles, back scratcher, mini animal massager, therapeutic brush and more!
- Arts and Craft Items: Mindful drawing books, blank notepad, mini white board and marker, glitter pens, sticker books, threading letters or jewelry, and more!
- Time Management Items: Sand timer, mini clock, visual schedule, and/or any timer of choice. These can help your child keep track of time and become more independent during daily tasks.
Interested in hearing more about how to set children up for success and create the right backpack for your child? Want to learn how you can do this personally through adapting and designing environments and using transition activities that support your child’s or student’s developmental progress? If you need support in getting started, Pieces of Inspiration is offers one-of-a-kind courses, weekly informational resources, and ongoing strategies that promote child development and independence.
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