Archive | Daily Living Skills

03 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

“Go pee-pee?”

“My son is 10 years old and still says ‘Go pee-pee?’ when he needs to go to the bathroom. This has caused some issues with other students at school and with kids on his baseball team. We’ve talked to him about it, but he still blurts out without thinking. He doesn’t seem to be doing […]

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29 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Green Thumb

A parent asked about some ideas for helping her 3rd grade daughter experience the joy of taking care of something. “She didn’t respond well to the unpredictable activity of puppies and kittens, and she cried uncontrollably when a fish died. What are some other options?” SPECIFIC STRATEGY A rewarding and rather fool-proof option is to […]

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25 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Waking Up in the Real World

Today we will talk about one of the skills necessary for a person with autism to live independently or semi-independently of family members. Parents tend to take the full responsibility of waking their kids up in the morning, then nag and plead with them every step of the way until they are ready to leave […]

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21 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Daily Grooming

Our topic today addresses daily grooming, an area of concern for many parents and caregivers of individuals with autism. One dad commented, “I really have to battle with my son to get him to take a shower – he doesn’t like all the sensory input of showering, shaving, and toothbrushing.” Another parent said, “My daughter […]

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15 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Bedtime Routine

A dad and grandmother of a four-year-old non-verbal boy diagnosed with autism were discussing bedtime routines. Since the youngster was easily agitated by change and struggles with explosive behavior, they realized he would do better with a regular, predictable bedtime routine. But they didn’t really know where to start.

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12 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Pitching In Around the House

Several parents of my music therapy students were discussing the fact that other children in the family are required to do chores around the house, but – in many cases – children with autism and other disabilities are not asked to pitch in. They asked for some ideas for appropriate chores for their pre-teen boys. […]

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