Social distancing has become a fact of life. It’s difficult enough for adults to remember to social distance, it may seem impossible that children can do so
Our friends at www.understood.org offer some great tips for parents and teacher:
“Social distancing at school is hard for many kids. But for kids who learn and think differently, following those rules may be even more difficult. Here are some reasons why, plus tips for helping.
Impulsivity and social distancing
Kids who are impulsive
have a hard time putting on the brakes and thinking through their actions. If they’re excited to talk or play with other kids, they may get too close without realizing it.
Quick tip for families: Practice putting on the brakes by playing a version of “Red Light Green Light.” Put stuffed animals or other objects around the house. When your child starts getting close, call out “yellow light.” If they get closer than 6 feet, call out “red light.” You can also use these phrases in public so you’re not yelling “Stop!”
Quick tip for teachers:
Agree on a verbal and a visual class signal
for kids to use when others get too close to them. For example, the word might be “Halt!” and the signal is putting up a palm. Tell them everybody can use those signals when somebody gets too close to them.”
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