All posts from Kristy Carnahan

  • Halloween Tips and Tricks for Individuals With Autism

    As October approaches, scary movies and costumes enter the mix. For children, especially those with autism, this can be very frightening. However, with a little bit of planning and preparation, this can be a season enjoyed by all. Fall festivals and activities, particularly Halloween and trick-or-treating, involve skills and concepts that children with autism may struggle with. The following suggestions are just a few ways to help your child overcome these prepare for some of these Fall activities.

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  • The Toilet Training Challenge

    As a parent, toilet training is a challenge we must all face and conquer! Your decision to potty train your child should not be based on age alone. To be successful, children should be able to control their bowel and bladder muscles. If your child is able to stay dry for several hours or if they typically go on a schedule, this is a great indicator that your child has control of these muscles. While it can be an intimidating process, we hope to provide you with tips and suggestions to aide in achieving this major milestone.

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  • Back to School Strategies for Kids with Autism

    For many, the start of school means a change in routine such as an earlier bedtime, a decrease in screen time or even a new teacher or school. This can be a difficult transition for all children but especially those with autism. Frequently, those on the autism spectrum insist on consistency, and demonstrate an inflexible adherence to routines; even the smallest changes can result in a meltdown.

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