Job Skills

Working gives people the opportunity to show their abilities, take pride in their accomplishments, and contribute to the community. While there are organizations such as Easter Seals and government funded programs like Vocational Rehabilitation that provide job training and placement to people with disabilities, those services vary by area. Typically, those programs do not serve people under the age of 18. Overall, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child is prepared to enter the workforce when the time comes. In this article, we will discuss how to begin working with your child on job skills so they will be prepared as they transition into adulthood.

Executive Functioning Skills

Executive function is an umbrella term used to describe a set of cognitive skills we use to successfully navigate everyday life. We rely on them to learn, achieve goals, manage emotions, pay attention, organize, plan, and adapt to our environment. While everyone must learn and develop executive functioning skills throughout their life, people with autism often struggle with executive function, requiring accommodations and explicit instruction in order to thrive.

In-Home Therapy Programs

Sometimes children receive therapies in their home environment instead of a therapy center, office, or school. Interventions that occur in this type of setting are called “in-home” therapy programs. In this article, we will discuss what an in-home therapy program is and how to start one for your child. Why Choose an In-Home Therapy Program? […]

Life Skills

Functional life skills are the everyday tasks we all need to lead independent lives. Mastering these skills builds self-esteem and confidence while gaining autonomy. Many people learn life skills through passive watching, imitation, or practicing a few times. Individuals with autism often need explicit instruction with many more repetitions to obtain the same skills. It […]

Independent Assessments

In order to develop effective goals with your child’s team, you need to know what their strengths and areas of need are. You can determine each by conducting assessments. Assessment is the formal process where professionals analyze data to measure knowledge and skills. While schools perform assessments on a regular basis, there may come a […]

Emergency Assistance

If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency and need immediate assistance, call 911. Times of crisis or hardship can happen to any family at any time. Below is a listing of resources to help you during your time of need. Financial Assistance Call 211 211.org is available in all 50 states They provide […]

Engaging With Your Child at Home

Parents often struggle with how to engage their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing enough. Here are some ideas for you to try. Creating a home that your child can feel relaxed, safe, and loved sets your child up to thrive. Explore Therapeutic Play Options Floortime and Relationship Development […]

What To Do During Summer Months

Many parents worry about their child regressing during the summer break from school. Parents should evaluate their child’s unique needs and plan ahead. There are multiple ways to keep your child progressing, even in the less structured summer months. Summer Camps May be part-time or full-time Schedule a meeting with camp directors to discuss if […]

Engaging With Your Child at Home

Parents often struggle with how to help their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing enough. Below are some ideas for engaging with your child at home for you to try. Creating a home that your child can feel relaxed, safe, and loved sets your child up to thrive. Explore […]

Homeschooling Your Child with Autism

More parents of children with autism are opting to homeschool for a variety of reasons. In this article, you will information about homeschooling your child with autism, including: pros and cons to homeschooling, curriculum options, how to ensure your child has access to social opportunities, and sample schedules. Requirements for Homeschooling State law regulates homeschooling, […]

Sickness: Prevention and Treatment Options

Fall and winter bring colds, coughs, flu and gastrointestinal bugs. All undesirable illnesses that we diligently try to escape. Considering our kids with autism may not be able to communicate their pain to us, or their symptoms may linger longer, we want to do our best to keep our kids healthy. In this article, we will discuss prevention and possible treatment options for these illnesses.

Oral Motor Ideas

Oral motor exercises are important for increasing muscle tone / muscle strength so speech is possible.  Even for children that already talk – these are great ideas for improving speech clarity. These exercises are intended to give your child a variety of oral motor experiences in an enjoyable way. 1) BLOWING dandelions that have gone […]