Monthly Archives: July 2016

Practice Acts Of Kindness

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Children want to be kind and helpful, but sometimes acts of kindness don’t come easy for children on the spectrum. It is important for you to set a good example for your child with autism, on how important it is to be kind to themselves and to others.

Here are some ways in which we feel your child with autism can learn acts of kindness from you:

1. Be a Good Role Model – When you say or do unkind things to other people your child with autism will learn to follow your example. Children pick these behaviors up quickly and learn that treating someone unfairly, demanding something from someone or calling someone names is acceptable behavior. Be a good role model to your child and always say kind things about yourself and others.

2. Read Stories of Kindness – Read stories about kindness and respect are also a great way to teach your child with autism that good things come to those to do good for others. It is also important to discuss how being kind makes the characters feel and to role play situations that appear in the stories. IT is also great to talk to your child about events in these stories and ask them what kind things they can think of doing if they were put in these situations and how they would want others to treat them.

3. Practice Acts of Kindness – Teach your child on the spectrum to help others, whether it be helping you clean around the house, or a neighbor carry something, or a friend with a project etc., teaching them to offer their help is a very important part of learning to be kind to others.

4. Be Kind to Yourself – Talk to your child with autism about what makes them happy and what they like to do, and make sure to set aside time for them to participate in activities they love. By doing show it will make them feel better about themselves, make them happy and decrease stress. When children are less stressed and happy, there is a better likelihood that they will help others achieve a sense of happiness.

5. Be Charitable – talk to your child with autism about how they can help on a large scale. Teach them about specific organizations and charities that fall into line with their interests. Explain to them the importance of helping others who can’t help themselves and explore the idea of volunteering for a charity or charity event/ This will teach your child that even a small amount of time and energy makes a big difference.

Being kind to yourself and others is an important part of living a happy and productive life. Modeling acts of kindness no matter how big or small and practicing kindness can help your child with autism to be humble, helpful and happy.

Activities For Summer

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Summer is a time for new opportunities, skills, and friendships. It is a time to be free, to have fun, make new friends, experience new things and enjoy the outdoors. Since some children on the spectrum may need help with embracing these new adventures, we have put together some tips to help them enjoy their summer break and new routine shift.

Here are some ways you can help your child with autism make the most of summer experiences:

1. Enjoy the Outdoors – With the sun out and the weather warming up, summer is the perfect time for your child with autism to enjoy outdoor activities. Many communities have swimming lessons, group sports, or one-day neighborhood events planned that your child on the spectrum can participate in. It is great to encourage your child to participate in these activities so they make new friends, learn new sports, and stay healthy. If your child with autism is hesitant about trying something new, maybe they have a sibling or a friend that would want to participate in these activities with them.

2. Plan Play Dates with Friends– Plan play dates for your child with autism. This will give your child someone to explore with, to spend time at an activity with or to just play around the house with. Besides having fun while playing, your child on the spectrum will also develop important social skills by spending time with siblings, relatives and friends. When planning a play date, have a variety of fun games and activities handy to encourage your child and their play mates to interact with one another. Both indoor and outdoor games and activities are not only fun for your child with autism, but they also teach your child important skills such as turn taking, sharing, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

3. Complete Projects Together – Sometimes it’s great to spend some quality time with your child at home, and what better way to do this than to create projects together such as planting a garden, planning a summer party, or researching ideas for the family vacation. When you include your child with autism in on your projects, you teach them time management, responsibility, and life skills that are important not only now, but in the future as well. Your child doesn’t always want to spend time with friends or out of the house playing sports or swimming. Sometimes they want to spend quality time with their parents. When you make them part of your planning process and invite them to offer their opinions and suggestions, you engage them and teach them valuable skills and a whole lot of memories and quality time that they will cherish forever.

4. Read More Books – Outdoor activities, project planning and game playing is great, but taking the time to read books for enjoyment, can also be a great way for your child with autism to spend some time and learn new things during their summer break. When you encourage your child on the spectrum to read enjoyment you allow them to open their imaginations to new experiences, find more that they are passionate about and learn more about the things that interest them the most.

Summer is a much needed break for many children and families. Make the most of summer by helping your child on the spectrum have fun while learning new things.

Stay Safe in the Summer: The Importance of Water Safty

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It’s summer! The sun is out, the weather is hot and besides begging for ice cream your kids can’t wait to get in the pool. Now that swim season is among us, it is important to discuss water safety and how critical it is for children with autism. Many individuals on the spectrum are drawn to water, some of whom are unable to understand the dangers associated with it.

It is never too early to start teaching your child with autism the importance of water safety. It is good to expose your child on the spectrum to water at a young age so they can become comfortable around it. The most obvious way to help prevent tragedy around water is to teach your child to swim or provide them with either public or private swim lessons. There are several organizations that teach children with autism how to swim. It would be worth while to research an organization like this near you.. Remember that special needs swim lessons aren’t just about swimming itself, but about how to be safe around water.

If your child has not yet been exposed to water, it’s not too late to start. Since many children with autism are visual learners, use visuals like picture cards or social stories to teach rules related to water. Staying safe around water is about more than just the ability to swim. A second component is making sure your child with autism understand the importance of water safety. Even if your child on the spectrum is a capable swimmer, they may still have an attraction to water that can lead to dangerous situations – like a river with a strong current, a shallow pool or an unsafe temperature. Make sure your child with autism understands all of the dangers associated with water.

It is also important to take precautions to prevent wandering towards water unsupervised. If your child is drawn to water, make sure to take the appropriate safety precautions to keep your child away from pools or other bodies of water.

It is also a really good idea to let your neighbors know about your child’s attraction to water so they can be on alert as well. Not only is it a good idea to let your neighbors know. It is also important to let any first responders in the area know of your child’s special needs. It is a great idea to call them and ask them to send you an Autism Elopment Alert Form that you should fill out and get back to them.

Now that you have the information you need to keep your child with autism safe, enjoy the rest of this incredible summer season!