Finger Picking or Skin Picking “Habits” That Are Difficult to Break by Bill Nason, MS, LLP

Finger Picking or Skin Picking “Habits” That Are Difficult to Break by Bill Nason, MS, LLP

I just found a very informative page on Facebook, it is the “Autism Discussion Page – Helping Your Child Feel “Safe, Accepted, and Competent”.  This page was developed by Bill Nason, MS, LLP to discuss tools that help children on the autism spectrum feel safe, accepted and competent. Although each child is different, with their unique strengths

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Pretend Sensory Gardens to Stimulate the Senses

Pretend Sensory Gardens to Stimulate the Senses

Why make pretend play sensory gardens? We all learn about our surroundings through our senses; therefore, the earlier your child has a chance to explore the world around him through play the better start in life he will have. Your goal is to provide activities to stimulate the senses that is turn help your child learn about his surroundings. Children learn by using all their senses; therefore, plan intentional opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore the world, starting with their pretend sensory garden.

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Child with Autism and Breaks in Routine

Child with Autism and Breaks in Routine

A child with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have greater difficulty in accepting changes of routine. This may be due to their greater need for predictability or difficulty when a pattern of routine is disrupted. Vacations, family visits, or field trips can be over-stimulating and distressing for the child with autism. If this is the case with your child, prepare BEFORE a scheduled change in routine occurs like before school breaks and for summer vacation.

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Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues

Become Sensory Smart

Parents can now find lots of parenting books about raising a sensory smart child. One of these is Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Lindsey Biel, M.A.,OTR/L and Nancy Peske.  This book has a foreword by Dr. Temple Grandin and is Winner of the NAPPA Gold Award and IParenting Media Award.

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A Grandmother of a Child with Autism, Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan, Explains 10 Things You Should Know

A Grandmother of a Child with Autism, Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan, Explains 10 Things You Should Know

The team that brings you our Special Needs Blog thanks Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan for her guest post 10 Things a Grandmother of a Child with Autism Would Like You to Know. In June 2013 the same team that administers Special Needs Book Review was pleased that Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan wrote a guest post for us about her grandson with autism and the first three books in her series for children with autism. Folks at Special Needs Book Review are very impressed with Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan’s Autism Is…? Books – New Storybook Series for Children with Autism. See her guest post here.

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Autism Support for Parents and Siblings by Ken Myers

Autism Support for Parents and Siblings by Ken Myers

It’s a fact: parents of autistic children often feel lonely, misunderstood, are physically and emotionally exhausted, question faith and beliefs, and may be worried about finances. If you are a friend or family member of a parent with an autistic child, one of the best ways to help initially is to offer emotional support as these families tend to feel disconnected from people who don’t fully understand autism. In addition to offering emotional support, you can offer to baby-sit, help with household chores, be an autism awareness advocate, and help locate support groups and respite resources. Here are some other ways to help lighten their load:

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A Smooth Transition to a New School Year Starts in the Spring

A Smooth Transition to a New School Year Starts in the Spring

Are your summer months marred by a child’s anxious questions about his next school term? Is the first day of school marked by tears and meltdowns? Is the Fall term at school a failure due to stomach aches and headaches resulting in many absent days? What can parents do to make the transition to a new school year or a new grade easier for the child and themselves? Back to school is always a big transition because your child needs to cope with a new teacher, more academic demands and probably a changing social circle. Timely preparation can make all the difference your child needs.

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