Bullying and teasing is a very real fear for children with autism and their parents. While many parents and teachers offer suggestions with the best of intentions, it’s often horrible advice – and our teens and preteens know it! Just tell the teacher? Ask them to stop teasing me? Unfortunately, in most situations, we are setting our teens up for further social stigma.
Are you concerned about your child’s development? Do you think your child might be showing signs of autism? Although the signs of autism can be complicated and specific to each child, parents should always trust their instincts. There are ways to find answers to alleviate or confirm any suspicions you may have. If you think your child might be showing signs of autism, there is a screening tool to help you find guidance.
At Thrive Autism Solutions, our values are at the core of everything we do. One of these values is to “give hope through knowledge.” Whether it’s walking a family who’s coming to terms with a new autism diagnosis through the importance of early intervention, or collaborating with them to address a long-standing behavior concern, connecting our families to the resources they need is one of our favorite parts of our jobs.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many villages to provide quality services to children with special needs. Each village is made up of professionals with specific knowledge. They speak different languages and have different rules, but children receive the best services when everyone works together. Providers also benefit, gaining skills and building relationships with each other. This collaboration is so important it has a name - coordination of care.
Families of individuals with autism understand the daily struggle of everyday tasks and interactions. For siblings, understanding how to interact with that family member can be challenging. Young children often don’t know how to react to a sibling with autism. They may shy away from that sibling and not want to participate in activities. When supporting a child with autism in your family, it can be helpful to know how to help everyone better understand their sibling with autism.
Imagine a trip to the dentist or doctor’s office when you already suffer from heightened sensory experiences or are unable to communicate. Would that environment feel comforting or would you fear the worst?
It is BACK TO SCHOOL time! The start of school is both a time of joy and a time of caution for parents of children with autism as they know the challenges that come with adjusting to changing schedules. For teachers, the start of a new school year brings new opportunities.