Archive | Rituals and Routines

27 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Touching Strangers

For whatever reason, many of my friends with autism impulsively touch other people, including strangers. For example, the dad of a teenager with autism was horrified recently when his son reached out to straighten the bottom of the jacket of a stranger in the grocery store. When the gentleman felt someone’s hand in an inappropriate […]

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08 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Behavior Categories

Parents of a pre-teen diagnosed with autism realized the scope of behavior issues they are facing. They stated they wanted to avoid constant nagging, and they didn’t want their lives to be ruled by multiple, complex behavior management plans. The parents were looking for ways to prioritize behaviors and to decide which behaviors to tackle […]

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03 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Noisy Fireworks

Fireworks are a fun part of many summer celebrations – ball games, outdoor concerts, amusement parks, and other big events. But many individuals with autism react to random, loud noises by screaming, scratching, throwing objects, or running away. How can we help our friends enjoy the colorful visual patterns and brilliant bursts of light in […]

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24 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Unwritten Group Rules

Because most of us just join into group activities naturally, we are not aware of the vast array of prerequisite skills necessary to do so. In addition to dealing with issues surrounding transition, compliance, peer interaction, and sensory overload, individuals with autism must be aware of and follow commonly understood unwritten group rules. 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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04 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Patient Dad

I read a funny anecdote that describes one aspect of the lives of parents, teachers, and other people involved in the daily lives of individuals with autism. Did you hear the story about Donald? Listen Now:

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03 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Bubblegum

Occasionally our friends with autism are somewhat removed from their surroundings – sitting aside from others, self-absorbed in their own stimming and repetitive scripts. How can we encourage connections and interaction? Try bubblegum. Bubblegum?!? 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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22 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Emergency Evacuation

Some of our faithful FAQautism.com followers live in parts of the world where earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and even civil unrest or war can lead to unexpected emergency evacuations. What would you grab in the event you and your youngster with autism were required to suddenly leave your home? Listen Now:

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20 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Effective Teaching, Part 1

Although she was writing about traditional classroom education, American novelist and short story writer Gail Godwin articulated the essence of an effective strategy for teaching many individuals with autism when she wrote, “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” Preparation and theater are definitely important. Are there other keys to effective teaching? Listen Now: […]

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19 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Teen Drama

Adolescent girls can be rather dramatic when responding to issues and events in their lives. How about teens with autism? Although it may appear on the surface that our young ladies with autism are not as emotional and reactive, we might want to closely explore the tie between their emotions and their behavior. Listen Now: […]

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14 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

For The Birds

As I was sitting at the dining table watching birds flock to our bird feeder this morning, it dawned on me that some of my friend with autism might really enjoy my bird watching hobby. Listen Now:

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09 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Too Noisy

Some people with autism have extraordinary sensitivities to sound that make it difficult for them to tolerate noisy places or activities. But other people with autism have different types of sound sensitivities, some of which are surprising. Listen Now:

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07 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Homework, Part 2

Part 1 of this discussion about homework discussed autism-related factors that may escalate the conflict between parents and students when kids come home with a back-pack filled with homework. How can we diffuse the situation and make school nights more peaceful? 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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01 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Easter Parties

How can we help our youngsters with autism enjoy participating in traditional games and parties? At this time each year in my corner of the world, parents and teachers are searching for ideas about Easter egg hunts and other spring activities. Listen Now:

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