When talking to parents of children with autism, one thing is clear. While they appreciate information on different treatments and research into ASD, what they really want to know is how to manage everyday life. What can they do when their child is having a meltdown or won’t wear a coat because of hypersensitivities? What can they do to teach them about non- verbal communication or help them get to sleep? With this in mind, I have compiled the tips I have written over the years. These are quick ideas on a number of different everyday challenges. Some of the tips you have probably already tried - some you might still use and some you might have rejected because they don’t work for you. Hopefully, within these tips you will find some new and useful information. Most of the tips have been written with input from other parents of children with autism.
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As any parent of a child with autism knows, safety is a big concern - everyday. Not only do children with autism often wander off, they can be impulsive and may have a higher risk of accidents and injuries. Because they often have trouble communicating, if they wander off or become lost, it is difficult or impossible for them to explain who they are and where they live. Lack of coordination and impulsivity can both lead to injury.
The following are 10 ways to help keep your child with autism safe:
Create a plan of action should your child wander off. Have the number for the police department in your phone. Keep a list of friends/family/neighbors that you can call who have agreed to be available immediately to help you locate your child. Set up a phone chain or put one person in charge of making phone calls so you don’t lose precious moments on the phone calling a list of people.
Have a rescue package made up ahead of time. Your package could include recent photos of your chi...
Everyday allergy moms around the world balance their children's need for safety with their need for a "normal" life. For most of us, summer camp was part of that normal life, and while you might think of camp as "Mission Impossible" for your food allergic child, it really boils down to just a few steps. So here is my CAMP guide to help you prepare your child for the fun this summer.
C Communicate with the Camp Director Explain the extent of your child's allergies and make sure they are willing and able to accommodate your child's special needs. Do they have safe foods or meal options? How is food stored, prepared and served? What is their experience with severe food allergies?
Find out if the staff is trained to handle allergic reactions; how far the nearest medical facility is; how your child would be transported; and if any activities would take him or her out of cell phone coverage or far away from the camp site. Remember th...
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