Updated Saturday, July 1, 2017 Preparing for life after secondary school begins before secondary school starts. One of the most important parts of planning for this transition is ensuring your children learn life skills. So what are life skills? They are essential skills people use to get through their daily activities. They are skills people need to deal with unexpected situations and handle routine activities. It is easier to understand life skills if you think of the activities you do on a daily basis. For example, you get up at a certain time of day, shower, prepare meals, run errands, do laundry, etcetera. Many children pick up these tasks […]
Updated Saturday, June 17, 2017 School holidays are here or fast approaching. Although children are delighted, parents of children with special needs know it is a challenging time. The end of school means the end of children’s daily routines. Structure and routine are important for children with special needs. Established routines lessen children’s anxieties and help them manage their daily activities. Here are some tips to help your children adapt to the changes in their routines and hopefully reduce anxiety and meltdowns. 1. Develop a schedule for a typical day during your special needs children’s school breaks Take some time to plan your child’s summer break and develop […]
Updated Monday, May 15, 2017Preparation is the key to a successful transition from primary to secondary school for children with special needs. Secondary school is quite different and the changes in structure and routine often cause anxiety in children. Parents can do several things to make the transition easier. Here are four tips: Talk with your children about the transition to secondary school Talk with your children about the move to secondary school. Find out: What they are worried about. What they are looking forward to. Anything they want their new teachers to know about them. Ideas they have to make the transition easier.
Updated Tuesday, November 10, 2015 For many teens with autism, the transition to adulthood is difficult and leads to unemployment and isolation. However, the future prospects for these children improve when they learn practical life skills, according to research presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City. Children and young adults with adaptive behavior skills have higher levels of employment, less social isolation and better quality of life. “…We found that among adults with autism who were diagnosed as children, the biggest predictor of gaining employment as an adult is having good independent daily self-care skills. Because while we can’t change intellectual functioning — and it’s very difficult to change symptom severity […]
Updated Monday, August 3, 2015As parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we are so busy getting our children the supports they need now, we do not have time to think too far into the future. If your child is a teen or young adult with autism, now is the time to plan for his life after high/secondary school. Unlike children without ASD, our kids face unique challenges as they transition to adulthood. Things that other children pick up instinctively are foreign to our children. The transition to adulthood is a topic frequently addressed by Dr Peter Gerhardt. Dr Gerhardt has over 30 years’ experience working with older children and […]