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Autism Resources and Community (ARC)

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Coronavirus: Keeping a Routine Schedule at Home

Ways to Help Your Child with Autism Feel Safe and Secure:  Best Practices for Setting Up a Routine Schedule in Your Home

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced schools, offices, stores, care centers, and other businesses to close suddenly. While these closures are important to ensure the health and safety of all families, the disruption in routine and navigating unforeseen circumstances can leave families of children with autism stressed and anxious.

Updated on 3/27/20 3:38 PM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/27/20 3:38 PM

Early Childhood Education

Inclusive Education

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Free Resources for Families of Children With Autism and Other Special Needs During the Coronavirus

With schools and learning centers staying closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, families and students are finding themselves having to adapt to learning from home.

Updated on 3/27/20 2:11 PM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/27/20 2:11 PM

Health & Nutrition

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Coronavirus and Children with Autism: How to Protect Your Child

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently causing concern around the world. The CDC has declared a Public Health Emergency for the U.S. The situation and number of cases are changing daily. Many have noted the lack of hand soaps, sanitizers, and disinfecting cleansers in stores as people are stocking up. For families of children with Autism, staying germ-free can especially be a concern for children who have not developed proper handwashing skills or hygiene skills, in addition to everyday germs that children encounter at schools, care centers, and other activities.

Updated on 3/12/20 5:48 PM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/12/20 5:48 PM

Health & Nutrition

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Teaching Healthy Eating Choices to Children with Autism

For children with autism, making healthy eating choices can be difficult. Children with ASD are five times more likely to have challenges with meals than their peers. It is common for them to have repetitive, ritualistic habits, which can affect eating. Children with ASD may have especially strong likes and dislikes to certain foods, relating to taste, smell, color, and texture of the item. Some children do not eat enough, due to extreme food selectivity or difficulty focusing during eating. For some children, because of their limited food choices, they experience frequent constipation or stomach pain. Medication can also affect a child’s eating habits. For example, some common stimulant medications may reduce appetite. 

Updated on 3/5/20 11:24 AM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 3/5/20 11:24 AM

Inclusive Education

Autism & Transitions

Classroom Routines: Preparing Your Child with Autism

Preparing your child with Autism for classroom routines is important. Whether it’s the start of the school year, transitioning back to classes from school breaks, or a refresher, common classroom routines can be easily adapted to suit your child’s needs and practiced in and outside the classroom. It is helpful to meet with the teachers and therapists working with your child to understand what their daily schedule in school is like to make a plan for how your child can be supported and successful.

Updated on 1/26/20 2:15 PM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 1/26/20 2:15 PM

Autism and Language

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Recommended Children’s Books About Autism

Children’s books featuring children with autism are an easy and entertaining way to introduce the topic of autism to your children, family members, friends, and your child’s peers. Children’s books offer simple, accessible explanations and illustrations that can help children and others better understand autism and some of its symptoms in a lighthearted manner. These children’s books emphasize messages about friendship, community, and understanding.

Updated on 12/9/19 10:54 AM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 12/9/19 10:54 AM

Early Childhood Education

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism and Physical Spaces

11 Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism Develop Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skill Milestones

Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscle movements. Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements in our eyes, wrists, hands, and fingers. Many everyday tasks require strength, dexterity, and fine motor skills. Fine motor skills need to be learned and developed as children get older.

Updated on 11/16/19 1:18 PM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 11/16/19 1:18 PM

Health & Nutrition

Autism Treatment Options

Acupuncture and Autism

Acupuncture treatment may help your child’s autism symptoms. Acupuncture is a treatment where needles are inserted into the skin to target certain nerve or pressure points. Research has shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for children with ASD in areas of verbal communication, social skills, behavioral concerns, food sensitivity, and noise sensitivity.

Updated on 10/21/19 10:18 AM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 10/21/19 10:18 AM

About Autism

Health & Nutrition

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism and Physical Spaces

Top Safety Risks for Children with Autism and How to Communicate with First Responders

Safety and preparation for emergency situations is a concern for any child, but especially for children with autism, who may be unable to communicate or respond correctly in emergency situations.

Updated on 4/28/19 3:56 PM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 4/28/19 3:56 PM

Health & Nutrition

Inclusive Education

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism and Inclusive Sports

Special Olympics and Unified Sports for Children with Autism

Sports are a unifying, fun way for individuals and communities to connect. For individuals with autism, participation in athletic events may be difficult due to the loud, chaotic environments or exclusion from participating. The Special Olympics and Unified Sports are programs specifically created to be inclusive of athletes of all ages and abilities in participating in team sports.

Updated on 12/8/18 12:10 AM

Updated by Chloe Fay on 12/8/18 12:10 AM

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