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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From Josh: Fairly Obvious

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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“Trying the Turkey” by Josh

  For a lot of people, with autism or not, new things are a trial by fire. One of the biggest changes in a child's life is that of being willing to try new foods. Many children, me included, become rigid in their likes and hates and will often flat-out refuse or even throw temper tantrums at being asked to try a new vegetable, sauce, or even something like a different kind of soda. It doesn't matter if it's trying to get Brandon to try squash at Thanksgiving, Missy to sample green...
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Make transitions a success

Visuals are great, once again, and when paired with a reinforcer you're golden. To give kids advance notice of an upcoming transition (for example, when its time to come out of the pool), show a VISUAL timer.  At the least, count on your fingers down from 10.  Saying "five more minutes" is too abstract for most kids who don't have an understanding of what that means. After you've given the visual preparation of when it will be time to transition, present the transition in a "First, the...
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