Fall into September w/ fun fall activities

Falling Leaves 

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Have your child help rake the leaves with you and also create a pile with those leaves. Small activities as in having your child run and jump in the leaves can bring so much joy to them. You can also get creative with the leaves. Create leaf angels or just make different images with the leaves. Do not forget to participate in any activity they do as well. Make sure you take pictures to document these memories.l take pictures to document these memories.

Leaf Sensory Bin

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Another way to get your child involved is to try to help them understand what they are feeling, touchin  g, and seeing. Grab a container bin. Apply some leaves, pine cones, popcorn seeds, acorns, and whatever else you see from outside. Explain to your child what each item is, even if it something so small. You can also decorate their room with some of those items, to match the current season.

Paint a Leaf 

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Before you decorate the home with those items, have you and your child decorate the items first! Grab a paint brush or simply use your hands and create something out of those items. Hang it up, and that will do wonders for the child. If things get messy, that’s fine! It’s these moments with them that will help develop and mold their character as they grow older.

Explore Nature 

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 Last but not least, explore the outside world. Take them for a walk, either at the park, or in the woods. Anything they seem fascinated about, explain to them the details of that item. It is also great exercise for them. You can also create a scavenger hunt in your backyard with items that you and your child collect during those walks. This will help make them feel that they are involved in everything that you do, even if you are just doing it for them.

 

Talking to your child about special needs

  Niece: Auntie, what do you do for work?

  Me: I work with kids who have special needs.

Niece: Why are they special?

Me: ....

This is a short snippet of a conversation that took place between my niece and I while driving to the store. It’s often that I get asked by adults what I do for a living, but  when my niece asked I pause to take the time to explain the importance and acceptance of others not like her.

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Here’s five things to keep in mind the next time you talk to your child about people with special needs

1. Address your child curiosity  . 

It’s okay for kids to ask questions. Take the lead and start the dialogue to bring awareness and acceptance in others not like them.

2. Kids with special needs are different and that’s not a bad thing.

3. Each and every person living is unique  and one of a kind.

Separate  the disability from the individual to help your child understand that those with special needs are still the same.

4. Be careful with your words.

Kids listen and absorb everything they see and hear. When talking about others with special needs, remember your choice of terminology. Choose your words wisely and stay away from derogatory words.

5. Find additional resources.

Do your research and get the proper support. There’s several children’s book to help explain disabilities to your child.

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How you response will affect the way your child thinks about disabilities and treat others as the grow up.  Model acceptance and inclusion. 

 

No Label Necessary

After high school, people on the spectrum often find themselves on disability without much to do. In fact, "35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school." (Shattuck et al., 2012)

Now open in Carmel, No Label at the Table baked food company's mission is to "provide employment opportunities and job skills training for people with autism." When asked by the Indy Star about her company's name, founder Shelly Henley explained, "No label or diagnosis will define my employees, and no food label should limit someone to not having good food."

In the interview, Henley also encouraged other businesses to hire persons with autism explaining that simple, repetitive tasks that seem tedious to some people are engaging and rewarding for a person with autism.

BehaviorWorks ABA uses, supports and advocates natural treatment for our patients. We will be buying treats from No Label at the Table!

College Transitioning for Students with ASD

Ball State's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder is sponsoring the 2017 Conference on Post-secondary Options and Supports for Transitioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

The purpose of this conference is to showcase best practices that allow  students with autism to access, persist in, and graduate college and succeed in finding and maintaining meaningful, competitive employment. This conference is important due to the increase in students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are reaching transition age. The conference was developed for students with autism in high school and college, researchers and faculty, higher education personnel, community agency staff, program staff, parents and teachers to learn about best practices in the field and the current state of research. In addition, the goal of the conference is to help further the opportunities and supports available to transition-age students with ASD to pursue and succeed in college.

Read more on CASD's page.