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Social Skills With Holiday Collages

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Spin into Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time for family, food and fun! A great way to enjoy the holidays while working on social communication is by playing games. Give your tummy a break from turkey overload and fill your plate playing this enjoyable holiday themed activity.

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Teaching the Concept of Being Thankful

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“I am thankful for my family!”
“I am thankful for my friends!”
“I am thankful for my dog Landry!”
Thanksgiving is the time that we express how thankful we are for people and things in our lives. This may be a difficult skill for our kids with autism spectrum disorders….to understand what “thankful” means and to understand what/who they are thankful for. Here are a few different ideas to help your child understand what is means to be thankful:
Preschoolers and Kindergartners:


Fun with Pumpkins

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Did you ever see a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin?
Did you ever see pumpkin with no face at all?
With no eyes, no nose, no mouth and no teeth?
Did you ever see a pumpkin, with no face at all?
So I made a Jack O-Lantern, Jack O-Lantern, Jack O-Lantern.
So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face!
With big eyes, a big nose, a big mouth and big teeth.
So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face.


Easy Halloween Craft: Cookie Cutter Painting

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Halloween will be here very soon! One of our favorite parts of Halloween is the fun art projects. Although kids love art, sometimes the activities can be a little overwhelming with a lot of steps, a lot of materials or just super complicated. Here is a fun and easy art project that you can do at home with friends, with family or alone to help get you and your little one in the Halloween mood!
Materials
-White paper
-Halloween cookie cutters
-Paper plate
-Tempera paint: white, yellow and/or orange
-Visuals


Social Success at Birthday Parties

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With the new school year it is likely that your mailbox or your child’s backpack is being filled with birthday party invitations from their classmates. Fun, yes. But this doesn’t always mean smooth sailing for our children. Birthday parties can be challenging for our kids as they are held at all sorts of different locations, have different activities at each party, can be filled with loud unfamiliar sounds, unfamiliar routines, some of our not so favorite foods and have specific social expectations.


Home Programming - Teaching Emotions

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We all have an optimal state for learning and processing information. Some of us have naturally high arousal and some of us have naturally low arousal. As adults, we automatically regulate our emotions and sensory needs and typically don’t even realize it. If we are feeling low, we may have an extra cup of coffee in the morning. If we are feeling stressed, we may twiddle our hair, listen to classical music, take some deep breaths or take a quiet break. Children with autism may have a difficult time doing this. It is challenging for them to understand their emotions and their bodies.


Stay Tuned For the Fall

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KidSpeak is taking a break from blogging to wrap up the rest of the summer semester, to prepare for the new school year and to spend some time with family and friends. We will be back in September with lots of new material to help you prepare for the holidays and for keeping your child social during the fall!


Getting Potty Trained Before School

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Many parents are hustling to get their kids fully potty trained before the new school year starts. We wanted to revisit our potty training blog and provide some helpful tips for accomplishing that goal.


Summer Play Dates

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Summer is a fun time to be a kid. You are out of school and it’s time to play! But summer can be a difficult time if you are a babysitter or a stay at home mom or dad. You have to fill each and every day with activities and you are faced with the challenge of how to keep things fun and entertaining for the both of you. Let us help you do just that!


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