By Elizabeth A. Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Author of Make Social Learning Stick!
Gratitude is on the front burner around Thanksgiving, but it’s a mindset worth fostering year round. UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center reports that gratitude plays a major role in adult well-being and that grateful young adolescents (ages 11–13) are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with school, friends, and family than their less grateful peers. Likewise, grateful teens (ages 14–19) are more satisfied with their lives, more engaged in schoolwork and hobbies, and less envious, depressed, and materialistic than teens who feel less thankful.
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