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FORMERLY DONNA KLEIN & ASSOCIATES

NEWS

HOLIDAYS TIPS
FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
WITH AUTISM

Understand that Change is Stressful

Individuals on the spectrum utilize routines and structure in familiar environments to feel more secure and comfortable. Visiting with friends and family can disrupt a person's routine and cause stress. This stress may cause a person on the spectrum to act more rigid, cause tantrums, or odd behaviors.

Prepare a Safe Place

Sometimes the most supportive thing a family can do is take the pressure off and find a safe quiet place for an individual with Autism to decompress. The space should have soft lighting, comfortable seating, and favorite pillow/blanket.

Prepare Some Familiar Foods

If you want you child with Autism to try new foods, try them at home in a familiar comfortable environment...not holiday time. Bring a dish you know you know your child will like, and let him/her eat beforehand. Nothing worse than being hungry but too over stimulated to eat.

 

SOCIAL - EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TODDLERS & INFANTS

NYS Department of Health: Early Intervention Program presents a webpage with information on
Social-Emotional Development.

Click here to read more about what's included in webpage :

  • What is Social-Emotional development?
  • Typical development in the area of Social-Emotional Development.
  • What delays in Social-Emotional Development look like.
  • Steps to take if concerned about your child's
    Social-Emotional Development

WHAT IS WRONG
WITH "W" SITTING?

  • Children sit this way to help stabilize their hips and core so it easier to play with toys without worry about keeping balance.
  • It puts children at risk for orthopedic conditions such as; hip dysplasia or hip dislocation.
  • This position shortens certain muscles that will promote atypical movement patterns such as toe walking.
  • "W" sitting limits trunk rotation and crossing midline which will confuse and discourage the development of hand dominance.
  • Teach your child to use other types of sitting positions such as cross-legged, side-sitting, on belly, or use of chair.

TRAVELING WITH ADHD
PLAN AHEAD!

> Comfort is Key: Scratchy tags and tight pants come very quickly create sensory overload.

> Decrease sound: Noise canceling headphones or ear plugs to block out sounds that can be overwhelming.

> Maintain Routines: Keep meal times and bed times at the normal time. If traveling with medication, make sure the prescription is full and taking at normal times.

Click here to read more

FUN FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES

PROMOTING A PINCER GRASP

>  Use tweezers/tongs to sort cheerios into an ice tray container.

> Practicing Zipping Zip Lock bags with tips of fingers.

> Pop bubble wrap! Save some packaging from the holidays

> Push cotton balls a water bottle with a small hole on top.

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