Monday, March 30, 2015

We cannot just sit back and wait for change to happen. In order for real change to take place, each of us must do our part. We must ask ourselves "What can I do to make a difference? " "How can I use my talents, my skills to make things better?"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tips for Handling Sensory Issues in Public Settings

Oftentimes, children with autism spectrum disorder experience sensory overload when they are involved in activities outside the home. So much so that many parents (including myself) report that they have greatly reduced the time they spend in social settings. 

However, being part of life outside the home is important for everyone. Instead of avoiding public outings, having a plan of action may be the key to having a successful experience in public settings. 

1. Arrange for another adult or older child to come along for support. 
2. Keep outings as brief as possible, gradually increasing the time based on your child's ability to maintain his/her composure for longer periods. 
3. Have an escape plan in case things become intense.
4. If things do become intense, disregard any stares or rude comments from onlookers. Your first and only concern at this time is your child. 
5. Remain as calm as possible. Find a quiet place (if leaving right away is impossible) where your child can calm down. 
6. Depending on your child's level of understanding, it may even be a good idea for you to communicate your plans for the outing. You can use visual cards, a written schedule or a short social story to communicate what will take place during the outing and how he/she should behind. 
7. Have a reward or treat for a job well done. This will increase the likelihood that your child will respond positively whenever you are in public settings if the reward or treat is something he/she really wants. 
8. Don't give up if things don't work out well the first couple of times. The more you expose your child to social or public settings, the more acclimated he/she will become to those types of settings. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Perceived Coping and Social Support Conditions of Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Making decisions concerning children with a disabilities be overwhelming, particularly when it comes to decisions about their academic needs.  Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett have written "The IEP from A-Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives. " Parents and educators alike would benefit from using this manual as a resource for creating effective IEPs.
"How to Advocate for Your Child's Free Appropriate Education" by Marquis C Grant,  Ed.D
Autism Spectrum Quarterly Spring 2015