How To Foster Independence Skills

Parents all have goals about what they’d like their kids to do and have in adulthood. Perhaps they imagine their daughter as an esteemed marine biologist who writes books and owns estates around the world. Or maybe their goal for their son, who has special needs, is to live in a nice home with friends or by himself and have a job he really enjoys. It is our job to help set our students and families up for success in the future.  In order to do this, we need to start grooming their independence skills when they are young. We want to help ensure that our clients will be proficient at taking care of themselves to the best of their abilities by the time they are grown up and ready to leave home.

Once a student is a pro with beginner’s self-care tasks, incrementally delve into the more advanced targets that follow. If your kiddo struggles with learning life skills, then be sure to employ the recommended teaching tools and tips. […]

Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

morningroutine.largeAre weekday mornings before 8 am the most stressful part of your day? Do you run out of the house without breakfast, make up half done and your hair sideways? I can completely relate! On weekends, my 4-year-old would wake up sweet-as-sugar, get dressed and go to the bathroom independently. But come Monday morning, she seemed to forget all that (you’d swear she couldn’t do anything by herself); and, as such, getting her fed, dressed, packed for school – and myself prepped and presentable for work – and out the door on time felt harder than juggling eight balls at once. It was frazzling!

Things have changed, though. Now we move more quickly; our morning routine is more efficient, more likeable and  less stressful. We even get out the door on time (usually)! The secret to our success is in these easy strategies. Put them to practice, parents, and I promise your mornings will speed up, too.  […]

4 Strategies To Reduce Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And, let’s be honest, kind of stressed. The price of gifts, party prep and extra time with the in-laws can be hair-pulling for you, parents. The holidays can be hard on your kiddo with autism, too. There are lots of things that can unsettle little Ricky: changes in routine, Read more about 4 Strategies To Reduce Holiday Stress[…]

Tips And Tools For Tantrum-Free Transitions

transitions350Transitions are hard for many kids. Simply ending one activity and beginning a new one can trigger meltdowns. Are you pulling your hair out because Timmy always cries and shrieks when playtime wraps up for snack time? No sweat! Take the stress out of transitions by implementing these easy strategies.  […]