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Number Concept with Stickers

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Children with autism sometimes struggle with using glue because they cannot tolerate the sensation of stickiness. Stickers are a great alternate to help them do crafts and other activities without the sticky sensation. Here is an idea for helping children learn the value of numbers using stickers.

All you need is a bunch of stickers. . . . → Read More: Number Concept with Stickers

Pre-Writing: Trains and Tracks

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I have a son who loves cars and trains, and this activity is great for such children. Tell your child that you are going to draw tracks for him to move his train on (or roads for a car). Then, encourage your child to move the car or train along the line you have drawn.

. . . → Read More: Pre-Writing: Trains and Tracks

Color Sorting – Baskets and Toys

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The first concept that children learn in colors, is that colors are different from each other. Sorting colors is a skill that needs to develop before children start learning to name them. It’s the same with children with Autism. Instead of starting by teaching them “This is Red”, start by teaching them to sort colors.

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Mainstreaming or Special Schools? Which One is Best?

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Forty years ago a child who was non-verbal, aggressive, resistant to forming relationships and prone to repetitive behaviors was more likely than not labeled “retarded” and shunted off to a special education classroom. Kids who exhibited less-severe behavioral issues such as communication disorders, mood swings, language disability, hypo-activity, lack of affection or mood swings were . . . → Read More: Mainstreaming or Special Schools? Which One is Best?

Benefits of Pool time for a child with Autism

Summer is here and the best place to cool off is the pool. However, for a child with Autism, regular pool time does more that just cooling off. “How?” you ask . Let me explain:

Why more Pool time?

Most of you are aware about the physical advantages of playing around in the . . . → Read More: Benefits of Pool time for a child with Autism

Fun with hands: Autism skills using Play dough

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Every one knows play dough is fun. But is it therapeutic? Can playdough be used to teach skills to children with Autism? The answer is “Yes”! This colored squishy substance, does not just provide your child with opportunities to explore their creativity, but is also an important medium by which you can address various needs . . . → Read More: Fun with hands: Autism skills using Play dough

Math for Autism: Count & Place

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Help your child actively develop the concept of numbers. This activity is simple and easy to perform especially as children learn and understand the value of numbers.

Materials required:

Tray with compartments (e.g. an egg tray) Items to place (beads, coins) of the same color Cards with numbers marked

 

Instructions:

1. Cut the . . . → Read More: Math for Autism: Count & Place

Dots and Numbers

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Help your child develop number concept. This activity is great for a child with autism because it is short and structured.

 

Materials required:

Picture cards with dots

Blocks/cards with numbers

Print this, stick on card and cut out.

Instructions:

Place the number cards on a table . . . → Read More: Dots and Numbers

Brushing ideas for a child with Autism

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Does your child with autism resort to crying, screaming, clamping their mouth shut, or turning their head sideways during brushing? Do you constantly face this daily struggle with your child? If yes, read on, as here are some ideas to make this task more easier for your child and yourself.

Understanding “Why”?

It helps when . . . → Read More: Brushing ideas for a child with Autism

Sensory Therapy for Autism With a Swiss Ball

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Swiss balls / Exercise balls/ Therapy balls are a commonly used at Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy centers. These are used to for both motor and sensory therapy. Swiss balls can be easily used, even at home to provide vestibular and proprioceptive input. You can do many sensory activities with a Swiss ball that can become . . . → Read More: Sensory Therapy for Autism With a Swiss Ball