Preparing Children with Autism for the Transition Back to School, Part 2

This is a continuation of our last blog post, about making the return back to school a smooth process.   To read part one of this blog, click here: Preparing Children with Autism for the Transition Back to School   Tour the school/meet the staff It is always a good idea to be able to go into the school a couple of days before it starts, with your child, and to get a tour around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, music room, library, etc., so it is not overwhelming on the f...
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Preparing Children with Autism for the Transition Back to School

Summer break is ending and it is about that time again to head back to school. The transition from being at home with a relaxed schedule for a couple of months, to returning to a structured school schedule, can be hard for most people, but especially difficult for children with autism. Some children have trouble adjusting to changes in routine, so starting school again may cause some challenges. Below are some tips and resources to make your child’s transition a smooth one. Preparing for ...
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“New Faces…Old Rust” by Josh

Guest writer Josh is Sarah Steinberg’s brother. Josh is 29 years old, lives in California and has autism. As a child, Josh struggled to communicate and he didn’t speak until the age of 4. Over the years Josh learned to communicate, and today he has a lot to speak about and share with listeners. Josh now lives on his own in his own apartment with some in home support. This independence came after years of therapy and special education working toward this goal. Josh writes a monthly article for ou...
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How to Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher

It’s that time of year again -- school is officially in session! The beginning of the school year comes with all sorts of novel things: new clothes and school supplies, new classroom rules, and new teachers. Meeting a new teacher can be intimidating to both you and your child; therefore it is crucial to begin this relationship off on the right foot. As the parent, you are the expert on your child, and it is very important that you are aware of what goes on during those seven school day hours. Th...
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“Gazing at a paper sun” by Josh

Guest writer Josh is Sarah Steinberg's brother. Josh is 29 years old, lives in California and has autism. As a child, Josh struggled to communicate and he didn’t speak until the age of 4. Over the years Josh learned to communicate, and today he has a lot to speak about and share with listeners. Josh now lives on his own in his own apartment with some in home support. This independence came after years of therapy and special education working toward this goal. Josh writes a monthly article fo...
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Preparing a child with Autism for school

Starting school for any child or parent can be stressful.  A child with autism may have difficulty transitioning from being home with little structure and interactions with others to being in a classroom environment with new people and new expectations. Below are a few strategies to help make the transition to beginning school a success for your child: 1)    Write a social story about school. The social story needs to tell the child the Who, What, Where, and How of school. a.    WHO will t...
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What Parents Can Do About Bullying

There are many things for parents of a child with Autism to think about when it comes to social skills. Bullying is one particular topic that many parents of children with Autism unfortunately face. But, there are ways a parent can help their child to overcome and avoid bullying.One way to model, prompt, and reinforce pro-social behaviors is to schedule play dates with familiar peers. The first step is to identify what social skill deficits the child has, and how the parent can model and pro...
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From Josh: First Day at a Blue School

For anyone, going to school isn't exactly a bag of lollipops, whether it's Elementary School, Middle School, or High School. You have to get up at early hours, you have to go to a building with hundreds of other rowdy kids, you have to listen to lessons for hours on end all the way until the sound of the 3:00 bell.... and if you have autism, this could be even worse. But I'm here to assure you that it's not all bad. School can be a lot of fun if you let it be! Let me even give an example fr...
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Teaching Social Skills to a child with Autism to avoid Bullying

          For a child with Autism, social interaction skills are difficult. Most importantly, a child with Autism may have difficulty forming healthy relationships with peers, displaying socially acceptable behaviors and are often perceived as strange and thus isolated. This isolation and vulnerability because of a need to belong, often places children with Autism in a situation where they are more susceptible to bullying. Teaching a child with Autism ...
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Learning Readiness Skills for School Success: The Essentials that are Not Taught

  Are you getting calls or notes home from your child’s teacher that he can’t sit still during class or is often the last child to get his notebook, pencil box and scissors when asked?  There are many “learning readiness” skills that are not expressly taught in school, but are learned incidently, that provide the foundation for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success throughout the school years.  Here are some of the “learning readiness” skills that your Kindergartner (an...
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