Sequencing can be confusing….Middle…End…Beginning or Last…First…Then….?

Order Matters!  Have you ever forgotten an ingredient when following a recipe?  Maybe the cupcakes didn’t rise or the recipe turned out slightly different.  Something just wasn’t quite right.  Well, there are many activities to help your child be an active participant as he or she is learning sequencing skills.  Here are a few ideas!  The Exerciser…build an obstacle course with your child in the house or outside.  Crawl over those pillows, go under the bridge made out of chairs, and shoot a basket.  The Chef…find a recipe with pictures to make a yummy dessert.  The Gardener…teach your child how to pot a plant.  The Organizer…make a visual schedule of your child’s day highlighting big events (i.e.  getting dressed, breakfast, school, dinner, bath, story, bedtime).  The Scientist….do a science experiment related to your child’s interests.  No matter which activity you choose, remember, after the activity is done re-tell it  using sequencing terms (i.e. First, Then, Next, Last.).  Practice sequencing at your child’s level, such as 2-step tasks, 3-step tasks, 4-step tasks, etc.

Facial Expressions…

 

Non-verbal communication can reveal a great deal about what another person is thinking or feeling.  Have you ever gotten a text or an email, but had difficulty reading the emotion behind the words?  Facial expressions, such as smiling or crying are examples of non-verbal communication.  Reading facial expressions can be difficult for a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).  Here are some ideas to help improve facial recognition.  Activities that visually draw attention to the face, such as making faces in a mirror, will help increase awareness of emotions and facial expression.  Sorting tasks, such as sorting faces from non faces or sorting faces by emotions are great activities to help increase awareness of this form of non-verbal communication.  As a child experiences an emotion, commenting on the incident will help pair an action with an emotion and build awareness of non-verbal communication.

Sibling Support Project

Learning your child has special needs impacts all family members, especially siblings.  The Sibling Support Project’s purpose is to educate parents on sibling issues and connect siblings with other peers who have a brother or sister with special needs.

Below you will find the link to the Sibling Support Project.

http://siblingsupport.org/

Sensory Films at Your Local AMC

What is a sensory friendly film?  A sensory friendly film is a theater in which the lights are turned on and the music is turned down.  A day at a movie may become a sensory overload for a person with autism.  Local AMC theaters once a month offer sensory friendly films.  Check out the link below for upcoming showings in your area.  Occasionally, dates and films change, so call ahead to confirm.

http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Social Skills to Survive and Thrive in High School

For Students with ASD, the high school scene can be a daunting experience.  Having strong school based support through the IEP is a great way to address this.  Check out this link from the American Speech Language Hearing Association which lists some suggested goals.

http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2013/130301/School-Matters–What-Happens-in-High-School-Goes-Beyond-High-School.htm