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Interactive Symptoms Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder

In Autism, Parents, Screening Tools by Rachel Wise

Below you will find an interactive checklist for symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You can go through each symptom and check off the ones that pertain to your child. The symptoms in the checklist fall under two categories: A. deficits in social communication or social interaction B. restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Symptoms are based on the criteria …

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How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Parents by Rachel Wise

This article discusses how to use schedules with children to promote positive behaviors. Strategies can also be utilized with adults with special needs. Using visual schedules for individuals who may have trouble with reading or language is discussed as well. Schedules can make a positive difference in a child’s behavior in class or at home. When a schedule is in place, children …

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9 Methods to Teach Toileting to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (and to those with other developmental disabilities)

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

(Español) This article reviews available research on toilet training for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as those with other developmental disabilities. Programs commonly used when toilet training people within these populations are often modeled after the methods of psychologists R. M. Fox and N. H. Azrin. Some researchers have indicated that there are prerequisites to initiate toilet training such as: …

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I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

In Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

Below you will find a social story about going to the dentist, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders, or for any child that …

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Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

In ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

Working in public schools for over 10 years, I frequently saw occupational therapists utilizing weighted vests with students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.(ASD). When I asked about the purpose of the vests, I was told that they have a calming effect because they give the wearer a sense of deep pressure, which some children …

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Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you? Additionally, many occupational therapists, experienced in working …

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An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They …

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How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

In ADHD, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators by Rachel Wise

This article gives a number of strategies that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to create a physical environment that helps meet the educational and behavioral needs of individuals with autism or ADHD. Very young children or children who have trouble understanding language would also benefit from some of these strategies. Every person is a unique individual, so in a group situation …