Monthly Archives: October 2018

  1. Cast Your Own Spell for an Autism-Friendly Halloween

    Cast Your Own Spell for an Autism-Friendly Halloween

    By Elizabeth Sautter

    Halloween frights can go way beyond the thrill of ghosts and goblins. Fun can quickly become a real fear for some children, even though they’ve been told repeatedly that the scary witches and bloody masks are pretend. 

    For some kids with autism, any costume creates confusion and anxiety about what’s real and what isn’t. Others become giddy from all the excitement and sugar, then struggle to calm themselves down. Halloween typically comes with plenty of hype and build-up can be stressful and distracting for weeks in advance.

    This Halloween, take some steps to reduce the overwhelming experiences. At the same time, you ca

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  2. Good Neighbors: Teach Your Child to be a Part of the Community

    Good Neighbors: Teach your child to be a part of the community

    By Elizabeth Sautter

    Wherever you live, neighbors are important. These are the people you’ll see day after day, and the
    people you’ll likely turn to when you need a cup of milk or your car won’t start. Developing friendly
    relationships with neighbors and teaching your children to do the same will build community on
    your block and help your child develop a sense of responsibility for others. Here are some ideas for
    teaching your child to be a thoughtful and helpful neighbor:

    1. Be a Role Model: When you stop to greet a neighbor and take the time to ask how they’ve
    been, your child will learn to do the same. Likewise, when you offer to feed

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  3. The Unspeakable Truths

    The Unspeakable Truths

    As a parent, I worry about my kids. My worries for Debbie outweigh my worries for Joey. I know that Joey will find his place in high school, college, and ultimately in life. But Debbie? She’s different.

    A year ago Vince and I made the difficult but correct decision to change Debbie’s educational track. Instead of graduating with a high school diploma, she will receive a certificate of participation. This decision has untied our hands from creating IEP goals that were unattainable and has allowed us instead to focus on giving Debbie a more appropriate education that will prepare her for life outside of the comforting walls of school. Yet, I still worry!

    Here is what keeps me up at night. I worry about what her future will look like. Where will she live? Will she have friends to support her j

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