Passport to Calmness

For many children on the Spectrum, the unpredictability of holiday times is often associated more with anxiety than with enjoyment. To help minimize the anxiety that often results from lack of structure and absence of routine of school holiday periods, Cadence and I spent today – the first day of her mid-year holidays – creating this pocket sized ‘School Holiday Passport’.

Cadence is particularly keen on detail, so ours includes where she is going and what she will be doing on each day of the holidays; along with travel and accommodation arrangements and nominated ‘quiet’ days, for example ‘Sleepy Sunday’s’. Pictures, photographs and calendar charts help to visually reinforce the detail.

Similar passport templates can be googled and downloaded from the web. We found 180gsm paper / card best suited to the project for strength and durability, along with copious amounts of glue along the passport ‘spine’.