Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sleep Tips for Kids with Autism


Sleep and Autism- Cara discusses the issue of sleep and how to help your child sleep better.
2:18 Poor sleep impairs our physical and psychological well being.
2:34 Sensory system issues affect sleep.
3:50 Transitioning to sleep from a busy day is difficult.
4:31 Start a sleep routine about an hour before bed.
5:00 Visual schedules are helpful (PECS).
6:40 Take pictures of your child doing bedtime routine activities.
7:30 has pre-made visuals.
8:00 Set the example for your child by having a bedtime routine.
9:00 Help your child relax with calming techniques.
10:00 Weighted blankets can help your child relax.
10:50 Linear swinging and rocking can be relaxing.
12:10 Talk to your child's doctor about melatonin.
13:40 Check out our article on Sleep and Melatonin here.
15:50 Light from video games cause wakefulness.
17:20 Choose colors, scents, and sounds that are calming.
20:00 Spa-like environment for you child.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Clothespin Caterpillars

Here's a fun summer activity that kids will love! The bonus is you can use your caterpillar to hang drawings up on the refer. If you want to challenge your child, print out the photos and ask kids to place them in order to work on sequencing. Also fun is to see what other animals can be made by painting clothespins. Enjoy!


Poster Board
Red & Green Paint
Paint Brush
Google Eyes
Hot Glue
Green Pipe Cleaners


1) Begin by painting your clothespins green. Set aside and allow your clothespins to dry completely.

2) Bend your green pipe cleaner in a zigzag pattern. Cut your pipe cleaner to fit the top of your clothespin using the metal portion as a guide. Don’t go past the metal with the pipe cleaner. Hot glue your pipe cleaner in place.

3) Hot glue google eyes on top of your clothespin.

Parents and award-winning book is packed with tips and ideas to help children with sensory, handwriting, behavior, daily living tasks, movement and more.

4) Using scraps of white poster board, create alligator teeth by zig zagging your scissors. Hot glue in place.

5) Paint the inside of your alligator's mouth red. Allow to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

6) Turn over your alligator and glue a magnet to the back. Your magnet is finished and ready to hang your children’s masterpieces on the fridge!

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