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The Daily Grind

Every day parts of life with the autistic child can present a great many challenges. Often, problem solving through these challenges using knowledge of the child's level of sensory needs and abilities, sequencing skills, and levels of independence will guide you through the day. If a child has difficulty with bath time, it may be as simple as understanding a child's level of comfort with movement which can be tied in to the vestibular system. For example, this may be a child who has a problem tipping their head back for rinsing shampoo out in the tub. Observation of the child before, during, and after these every day difficulties will often cue you in to the real the issue at hand. Being 'tuned in' to what the child sees, hears, smells, and feels will help you realize how different their perception may be from your own. Also, understanding a child's level of social difficulty will guide holidays and parties. If a child's stress level jumps through the roof in a social situation, then it's easy to understand just how difficult Christmas at Grandma Jane's house really is. This section of the website is here to help you think through these every day moments and manage life for everyone.

Transitions
Children on the Autism Spectrum don’t do well with transitions. Transitioning is just a nicer way of saying, your child can’t switch gears very well. Moving from one activity to another or from place to place can be difficult. These children usually thrive in a routine environment. Waking up at the same time, eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and generally doing the same thing day in and day out is a dream come true for them. You on the other hand, may go a little crazy with that extreme insistence on routine. It’s one t

The Ho Ho Holidays
Holidays are hard on everybody. Neuro-typical people find them just as stressful as the person on the Autism spectrum, albeit for very different reasons. When it comes to Christmas, most people are stressing about digging out of debt in the new year, finding the right gift, having to drive in a snowstorm to get to Aunt Mildred’s house for Christmas dinner, and listening to Uncle Jerry’s story about having his bunion removed for the tenth time. The person on the spectrum is more concerned with the fact that his or her routine is totally thrown out the window.