Why do children with autism have difficulties with speech and communication?
Okay, people with autism generally have a harder time in social situations. For a myriad of reasons, a person on the autism spectrum has an impairment of some degree in the areas of communication and socialization.
Halloween is fun for all kids. But, Halloween, like many other activities or holidays, may be a unique challenge for our children with autism.
Can we take our child trick or treating?
I say a big yes. We have always taken our child trick or treating and we have had successful Halloweens each year.
What can we do to prepare our child?
You may be used to having an aide for your child. They could be school aides, respite aides, one to one aides, and even therapists. It may seem like your child almost always has an aide around who knows how to deal with all the myriad of behaviors that happen with our kids.
What should you do when you have to act as your child’s one to one aide?
What are some options for after school activities for my child with autism? Is it a good thing to put him into typical after school activities?
What is our policy about homework?
Homework comes first.
Our child gets homework every Monday through Thursday. He’ll occasionally have something to do over the weekend, like study for an upcoming test or, at least, he has to do some reading.
In my last blog, I discussed swimming experiences for autistic children and I brought up the possibility that your autistic child may feel the water is a bit too comforting and why they may feel that way.
For any kid, swimming is fun. I know I spent half of my childhood in a pool.
Is swimming good for children with autism?
Should you go gluten free? What is a gluten-free diet?
Gluten is “a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat, barley, and rye.” Therefore, a gluten-free diet would contain only foods that are made without gluten.
My child is entering 4th grade, what should I expect?
4th grade is a big transition for all kids. It’s a move from “lower grade” to “upper grade.” There is more independent study and, at least at my child’s school, there is no more afternoon recess. There is only one morning recess plus lunch.
4th grade is a big deal.
What about special needs kids?