It is well known that the month of December is a joyful and festive time in schools across North America. It signals the end of a term, a lengthy winter break, and a time during which many families engage in cultural celebrations.
In addition to daily lessons, students participate in concerts, pancake breakfasts, as well as arts and crafts activities during this time. December can be exciting for students!
However, school holiday celebrations can also be a source of stress and anxiety. Students with attention issues can find the repetition of concert practice excrutiating. For students who thrive on routines, the change in routine can make the school day difficult to navigate. Students with social anxiety might suffer at the thought of having to participate in a school performance. Unfortunately, some students find school holiday celebrations very challenging.
Therefore, I encourage educators to use the following tips to make holiday school celebrations more inclusive of students with specific social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs.