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37342709 810276195843387 1755105030794379264 nAutism Parenting Magazine reports, "Kids with autism usually struggle socially and often find the teen years especially difficult. Anxiety and depression can emerge or worsen, along with a sense of helplessness, worthlessness and loneliness."

Abilities First Pediatric Therapy Department, offers different age groups to give your loved one the best experience possible.  The Mini Kids Connect group is for verbal children between 5-7 that face social challenges and struggle with playing skills.  Kids Connect 1 allows for children between 8-10 who are verbal, but struggle in social communication.  Friends in STEP(Social Thinking, Executive function, Physical fitness), is for young adults ages 16-25.  This group is managed to boost their ability in daily activities, social communication, fitness, nutrition, and problem solving skills.  Abilities First uses their strong organization and planning skills to give Friends in STEP the opportunity to participate in community outings.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be happy to provide any additional information and answer any questions.  513-423-9496 Ext. 251.

Interpreting Negative Behaviors                                                                                                                          

36690380 797702117100795 2218763054093434880 n"Behavior is communication.  All behavior occurs for a reason." AutisMag author Ellen Notbohm explains in 10 things about teaching that a child wishes you knew.  When words can't explain what's happening, note what's going on around that produces the reactions.  This is important to know because negative behaviors distract the learning process.  However, interrupting the behavior will not suffice.  Teaching the individual to exchange one behavior to an appropriate one can lead to true learning.  Negative behavior usually means the individual is overwhelmed because their sensory system isn't working properly.  Causing communication failure on what the individual may possibly want or need.  Looking past their behavior and focusing on the source of the reaction is key.

Children with Autism may have Sleep Disorders 

According to the Sleep Help Institute, between 44 to 83 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder experience sleep issues. Most commonly, children with autism have difficulty falling asleep and often times experience disturbed sleep. Their sleep problems regularly consist of other characteristics of ASD (daytime drowsiness as result of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and aggression during the day).  Helpful tips for these reoccurring incidents include, keeping their bedroom cool, dark, and quiet to get the child to sleep. 

How to Enjoy Public Outings with your Child with Autism

grocery shopping with autistic childTaking any small child with you on days you have errand to run can be difficult, but it's extremely challenging if you have a child with Autism. Autistic children struggle with public behaviors because the don't do well when transitioning to new environments while also being surrounded by multiple unknown people.  This usually leads to the child to act out so they can have your full attention.  In other word, your child has inadvertently been trained to behave this way in public areas.  Abilities First Autism Learning Center's professionals and the 4Plus1 Preschool for Children with Autism, developed strategies to make taking public adventures more enjoyable. For example, the grocery store.

STRATEGIES for a Successful Grocery Shopping Experience
1. Advanced Preparation
Create a social story picture book for going to the grocery. Make First-Then statements - for example “First we’ll go to grandma’s house and then to the grocery store.” Be sure to follow through on your statements. Create a visual grocery list so your child can actively participate – they can find items and cross them off of the list. 

Establish the RULES
1. Stick to the RULES.
2. Start with small grocery lists - the longer the list, the more challenging the experience.
3. Be prepared at the store– make sure you have snacks/favorite toys.
4. Shop during slow times – the busier the store is, the more challenging it will be.
5. Shop when your child is rested – if your child is tired, stressed or feeling ill, your trip may be doomed before you start.
6. Select a U-Scan check out – there are less items on display to be a distraction or grab that could trigger a tantrum.

RULES for a Successful Grocery Shopping Experience
1. Most important rule – The parent sets the rules.  Make sure the rules are specific and that you stick to them.
2. Give your child a special play toy that is only available for shopping trips.
3. Keep routine in-store behavior – if you want your child to sit in the cart, then keep them in the cart no matter how short or long the shopping trip.
4. Reinforce good behavior – Tell your child “I love how calm you’re being.”
5. Do NOT buy items they ask for, no matter what – instead, make a special day on the calendar for buying something they want, then cross off the days so they can see it coming.
6. If the child throws a tantrum because he wants something, then leave the store immediately – provide only one warning and then leave.  

Abilities First Development Department offers a number of ways you can support local children with disabilities.

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