As a busy parent of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, do you worry that your child is not happy at school or getting the type of attention she needs?
Are you looking for a practical guide with easy to read tips that you can put into practice immediately – a book that will empower you to make a positive difference in the way your child feels about school?
Here is a practical book of strategies that you can implement from home to help your child have the most positive school experience possible. It offers over 300 practical tips that will make a difference for any school age child, or put these building blocks into place before your child’s school career even begins.
Just imagine a future where your child goes to school willingly and gets there on time… When he says he likes his teacher, feels safe, has friends and enjoys learning… A time when she comes home from school with a smile on her face because she has had another good day! This handy guide can help you create a new reality.
Long before school starts, and throughout the school year, it’s important to always pay attention to the following.
Autism Parenting Strategies will help remove roadblocks to school success by replacing worries, concerns and fears with relief, results, confidence and joy to create a stress-free and satisfactory school experience for all.
This strategy guide will help you cope with your own concerns and those of your child’s, as well as prepare yourself to be your child’s best advocate at school.
Strategy in book – Children are more cooperative when they know what to expect. Most children, especially those with sensitive temperaments, function best when there are no surprises. Creating a consistent morning routine will make the world more predictable for your child and lower any anxiety. As a result, your child will feel secure and be more likely to cooperate.
Strategy in book – Teach your child to be organized according to her learning style, temperament, and sensory system. Focus on the homework behaviors you want to see more of and use specific praise when you observe them. Always praise the effort your child puts into getting his homework done because it is more important than the outcome he produces.
Strategy in book – Teaching your child how to be appropriately assertive, rather than aggressive or passive, is one of the best gifts you can give her. Bullies are counting on their targets to be passive. Teaching your child the word “no” and how to speak it verbally, or non-verbally by standing straight and looking at the person sends a powerful message.
Strategy in book – Always advocate for the appropriate training of teachers regarding ways to effectively communicate with children on the autism spectrum and how to deal with meltdowns properly. Contact the Department of Education in your local area and inquire about the level of training school teachers and aides are required to have in order to work with children who have special needs.
Strategy in book – Be forthcoming with ALL relevant information concerning your child. The more information and facts you have to work with, the better your child’s plan will be. Make sure everyone has a full and accurate picture of what your child is like.
Strategy in book – Make a detailed list of what works to address the sensory issues your child has and give it to his teacher. Request that this list be placed in your child’s file so other staff can refer to it as needed. Your previous history with your child should never be dismissed as insignificant, especially if this information helps to prevent and minimize meltdowns and improves your child’s probability for experiencing success.
Strategy in book – Share the triggers and reasons that your child might wander. Is it boredom, weather, or an obsession with particular objects or sounds that might entice her to explore beyond the school playground. Constantly think outside the box and take action to point out and eliminate any temptation for your child to wander.
Strategy in book – Anxiety can be the biggest roadblock to your child’s school success. An environment without stress is a necessary precondition to acquire knowledge and retain it. Learn how to minimize the anxiety your child feels to make school less challenging and more pleasant. Inform your child’s teacher about the type of environment your child’s brain needs to be relaxed enough to take in new information and be available for learning.
Strategy in book – Starting a conversation can be a real challenge for a child with ASD. Take the time to explore conversation starters with your child and how to further develop a relationship – write scripts from which to role-play and practice.