Archive | Daily Living Skills

10 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Waiting Patiently

As a mom and I were talking in the grocery store, her 10-year-old son diagnosed with autism started rocking, putting cans of soup in and out of the grocery basket, and making repetitive sounds. His mom said, “Oh, this is so frustrating. I wish he could just learn to wait patiently.” Red flags were flying […]

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07 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Ignoring Directions

A dad commented that his 12-year-old son didn’t seem to pay attention when given a direction. “He just seems to tune us out at home, and he acts the same with teachers, his soccer coach, his speech therapist, and his sister. He seems to understand language ok, so we’re not sure if he just doesn’t […]

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03 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Snack Factory

You can jazz up snack time by encouraging individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism to mix up their own snack mixes at the beginning of the week. They can put their own hand-selected mix in small, snack-sized ziplock bags and keep them handy for road trips, school lunches, work breaks, or t.v.snacks. […]

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02 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Free Time Doldrums

“Our son seems bored and listless when he has free time,” said parents of an older elementary youngster with autism. “We don’t want to just keep buying him new stuff, but he quickly looses interest in any items after just a few days.” A teacher and a residential care staff member expressed similar concerns about […]

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28 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Incremental Progress

Sometimes we might feel as if we are taking one step forward and two steps back when helping our friends with autism learn new skills and enjoy life. Many individuals with autism have uneven abilities in a vast array of areas, including language and communication, social interaction, behavior, adaptive skills, personal care, academics, job skills, […]

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25 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Getting Outside

“As long as he had three meals a day, my son would probably be happy just sitting on his bed, flapping his hands and rocking,” commented the dad of an eight-year-old youngster diagnosed with autism. “I’m concerned about his physical health and emotional health, so I’m looking for some ideas for getting him out and […]

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24 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Exceptional Memory

“Our son seems really smart,” commented parents of a four-year-old diagnosed with autism. “He can count to 100 and recite the alphabet and he knows the words of nearly every song he hears.” Some pre-school children diagnosed with autism display extraordinary memories and an intense interest in sequences. The trick is to help these young […]

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14 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Good Night

Family members frequently bring up the issue of problems at bedtime with their youngsters diagnosed with autism. “All my kids resist going to bed,” commented one mom. “But my son with autism explodes every evening, and doesn’t calm down until after midnight. Our whole family is suffering.” Other parents mention resistance to bedtime, ranging from […]

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13 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Building Tolerance

Some individuals with autism are extremely resistant to change. Meltdowns often occur when they encounter a change in routine or food or clothing or other aspects of their daily lives. Although we might be bored with the same, predictable routine every minute of every day, we need to acknowledge that resistance to change is a […]

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11 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Moderating Obsessions

Having an excellent memory and being able to recall sequences are gifts that can certainly be useful. But some individuals with autism who have exceptional memories can become obsessed with a sequence or a script. Their obsession may need some attention if it interferes with their willingness or ability to interact with other people or […]

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10 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Getting Organized

“I have this bad habit of just putting my papers crammed in my backpack,” wrote a high school student diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. “I have lots of trouble keeping my papers together and in the right folders.” She says she ends up with a frustrating mess at the end of the day. Listen Now:


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05 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Changing Diapers

This discussion about the words we use when talking to our children with autism came to mind when a mom said to her 6-year-old daughter, “Let’s go change your diaper” as the youngster and her classmates were gathering for a field trip. Listen Now:


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28 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Less Dependent, Part 2

Decreasing dependence on others is a challenge, especially when our friends with autism are unwilling to become more self-reliant, or if they have difficulty learning new skills or new routines. Under these circumstances, how can we encourage and teach a person to be less dependent? Listen Now:


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27 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Less Dependent, Part 1

Why do some individuals with autism need a great deal of assistance with basic care? Whey is it that some people with autism who are very capable in other areas need ongoing supervision and support just to take care of daily living tasks? Listen Now: or

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23 April 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Seniors, 2010

It is hard to believe that some of our youngsters with autism are getting ready to walk across the stage in cap and gown in a few weeks. It seems like just yesterday they were toddlers. Time flies. How can we help our high school graduates transition to life in the “real world?” Listen Now: […]

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06 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Homework Part 1

With just a few exceptions, kids resist homework, whether they are diagnosed with autism or not. Homework is challenging for many families, and autism can add another dimension to the conflict. What issues related to autism have the potential for escalating conflict between parents and students when it comes to homework? Listen Now:


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05 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Independent Living

What specific skills do our friends with autism need in order to live as independently as possible? Sometimes we focus on self-care like grooming and dressing or daily-living skills like laundry and cooking when thinking of self-sufficiency, but the list of skills necessary for independent living is VERY long! Listen Now:


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02 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Cross the Line

At what point do certain behaviors cross the line from being slightly annoying to being potentially hurtful or disruptive? Listen Now:


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26 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments


Autism can be overwhelming. It touches so many different aspects of a person’s life and the lives of those around them. Teachers, parents, therapists, medical professionals, and others interested in the well-being of their friends with autism are constantly reading new research and literature, checking out new strategies and ideas, developing and implementing effective interventions […]

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23 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shoe Solutions

Shoes can be challenging. Some like them tight, while others like them loose. Some have trouble tying shoes, and others refuse to wear shoes. And what do we do if our friend with autism wants to wear their shoes to bed? Listen Now:


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