Posts Tagged ‘Summer Activities’

Planes, Trains, and Autism!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by admin

Traveling with children is stressful!  Traveling with a child on the autism spectrum can be terrifying!  However, with a little planning and preparation, you can have that family trip you have been too scared to plan!


1. If your child gets overwhelmed by crowds, noises, and lights, DON’T have your first trip be to a big theme park! Maybe try an island vacation, or a local beach or even just a nearby city with kid-friendly activities.

2. Start reading about where you are going. If you decide to visit San Diego, get a map and some guidebooks and start planning all the places you will visit. Plan on visiting one tourist site each day and one park or playground where you don’t have to be so structured. Plan your meals too! Children in general like to know what to expect, and children with autism feel a lot more in control and calm when they know where they are going and what is expected of them.

3. Start talking about rules and routines. The airport can be a very overwhelming place even for adults! Draw a picture of the layout of your nearest airport and go through what will be expected from your child at each point. What happens when we check in our bags? What happens when we go through airport security? What do we do when we are waiting at the gate? If you map these routines out for your child, he will know what to expect and will be less likely to have a meltdown! One mom referred to the security check as the “Magic Gate”. Her son knew that when he passed the “magic gate” he would be allowed on the plane!

4. If your child has any allergies or food sensitivities, be sure to take his food along. No amount of planning can stop a hungry and tired child from having a meltdown! Be prepared and be happy!

5. When your child is using his best behavior, PRAISE, PRAISE, and PRAISE him some more! WOW! You were so sweet to wait patiently while mommy checked in our bags! Praising reinforces the good behavior and you are more likely to see that good behavior again!

6. Try to keep a schedule on your vacation that is similar to your routine at home. If you do any at home therapies or your child has any favorite toys. Be sure to bring them a long within reason. Your child will appreciate the familiar activities and toys when he is away from home.

7. Pick your battles! You want your child to listen and follow directions. But parents need to realize that what they think makes perfect sense, doesn’t always make sense to our little ones. Especially when your little one has processing issues, you might have to explain your point another way, or even let it go, if your child is getting visibly upset.

8. Have fun!! If you are on vacation, and you are not having fun, something is wrong! Family vacations are for relaxing with your loved ones. Plan your day and prepare your child, but also be flexible if things don’t go exactly the way you planned. Each vacation will be better than the last! Bon voyage!

Declaration of Independence

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by admin

As we celebrate the July 4th holiday in this country, we emphasize freedom, independence and the right to so many opportunities that other countries do not provide. We experience these freedoms due to the persistence and determination of many others before us.

Children with learning disabilities and other neurological disorders face many obstacles, as do the parents and caregivers who support them. The challenges are numerous with each new day, but the children persevere! They go to school; they face those teachers; they engage with their friends; and they participate in sports and other extracurricular activities! They are strong through their challenges.

Researchers have found that kids who exhibit certain characteristics are more likely to succeed in life. Some of these characteristics include self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal setting and using support systems and emotional coping strategies. These characteristics can be taught and nurtured over the summer. Allow your child to spend time alone in nature to become aware of their surroundings, their thoughts, and the way their bodies work (walking, running, biking, climbing trees). Think ahead by making grocery lists or packing lists for outings. Learn how to do something new and keep at it until it becomes natural. Set some personal goals – or make a Summer Bucket List – to accomplish by the time school begins. Continue seeing your support personnel, like the therapist, the psychiatrist or the pediatrician to check on physical growth and other changes taking place during the summertime! All these activities support growth in the area of Independence!

The best way to motivate your child is to help him/her experience success – a great way to do that is through Brainjogging! Declare Independence from tutors, tantrums, and the torture of watching your child struggle! Give the office a call or drop us an email! Make it a better summer for everyone!