Getting Ready for Summer Camp: Tips for Parents10 strategies for reducing stress from changing summer schedules

While kids prepare and look forward to the fun of summer break, as a parent you may be feeling stressed about months of hectic schedules, impromptu events, and later bedtimes. Let’s face it, for parents, summer’s promise of fun can quickly become a difficult and stressful time.

For families with autistic children or children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), the pressure felt by all parents can be even greater. We know that caregivers to autistic children and those with disabilities experience more stress (Biswas et al., 2015; Hayes & Watson, 2013); summertime changes to your family’s routines can amplify that.

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