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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“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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“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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Top 3 social skills to help your child avoid BULLYING

Check out these recent tips and images that became very popular on facebook! These are concise, simple to follow ways to help your child learn to avoid bullying using appropriate social skills. We look forward to any follow up comments and feedback! Be sure to check out our other posts on bullying for more tips and skills to work on: What Parents Can Do About Bullying From Josh: First Day at a Blue School  Teaching Social Skills to a child with Autism to avoid Bullying
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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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