Making Schedules for Kids on the Spectrum
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by HustleFish
1y ago
Making Schedules for Kids on the Spectrum Note Free to share with link back to learnplaythrive.com Copyright 2018 Learn Play Thrive, PLLC Therapists, dive deep into how to make a schedule and so much more in The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism, an online self-study course open for registration 4 times per year. Browse More Posts Making Schedules for Kids on the Spectrum A great and easy-to-follow visual tool to support you in making schedules for your autistic clients – including how to build in flexibility! Read More The Best Therapy is Usually Simple When we stop rus ..read more
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The Best Therapy is Usually Simple
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by HustleFish
1y ago
The Best Therapy is Usually Simple Sometimes doing therapy can feel like a performance. You plan this beautiful hour, orchestrate it, and then wait for your applause and bow… …and then the parents take their child back to regular life. Which is no performance at all. It’s rich and complicated and messy. And, usually, rushed. What’s the point of these perfect therapy sessions? To show off? To make parents see what would be possible, if only they could spend two hours preparing for every one hour spent with their child? I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of these sessions at times. And let me tel ..read more
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Why Sensory and Fine Motor Aren’t Enough
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by HustleFish
1y ago
Why Sensory and Fine Motor Aren't Enough Here’s a scenario that happens to me a lot: A family comes to see me. They say, “Well we have another OT, but they’ve been working on stacking blocks and coloring for months. He doesn’t know how to play with other kids, screams every time I try to feed him, and going to the grocery store together is so difficult.” Now whether or not you’re trained as an OT, think with me, what are the most important occupations (daily activities) that a therapist could help this child with? Social play. Feeding. Community outings. Right? Here’s another one: A famil ..read more
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Getting Unstuck with Self-Calming for Autism
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by HustleFish
1y ago
Getting Unstuck with Self-Calming for Autism When we work with kids on the autism spectrum, we often find that self-regulation is challenging. Our young clients begin to get upset and don’t have the skills they need to wind back down again. Many of us know strategies that we think would help, but we have trouble getting the child to use the strategies when the moment comes. Has that happened to you? If so try this: Concrete steps to teaching self-calming to your clients on the autism spectrum. Step 1: When the child is relaxed and happy, do a little assessment to see what types of activiti ..read more
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The #1 Reason OTs Feel Ineffective with Kids On the Autism Spectrum
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by HustleFish
1y ago
The #1 Reason OTs Feel Ineffective with Kids On the Autism Spectrum Most OTs want so badly to make a real impact in the lives of the people we work with. We want to feel like what we are doing matters for our kids and their families, that it is effective, and that our time has been well spent. When I first started out as an OT in early intervention working with kids on the autism spectrum, I felt immense pressure to really help the families I was seeing. The parents were exhausted, confused, and out of other options. They were counting on me to help. I did the best I could, but every day ..read more
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3 Essential Types of Visual Supports To Help Kids On the Autism Spectrum Succeed
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by HustleFish
1y ago
3 Essential Types of Visual Supports To Help Kids On the Autism Spectrum Succeed Many parents and therapists have heard by now that visual supports can help kids make sense of their instructions. We know that receptive language, or making sense of what they hear, is difficult for our kids on the autism spectrum, and that visual learning is something they’re relatively good at. The problem is, when we start making visual supports things can get really complicated very quickly! Maybe this sounds familiar to you: You start making a schedule for a child on the spectrum and suddenly you’ve put ..read more
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Rethinking Hand-Over-Hand Assistance for Kids On the Autism Spectrum
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by HustleFish
1y ago
Rethinking Hand-Over-Hand Assistance for Kids On the Autism Spectrum Somewhere along the line, many of us got the idea that our goal as therapists is to get our kids to reach their therapy goals. With that in mind, many of us dive in and do what it takes. Do we need to tell them what to do? Show them? Move their bodies for them? With the mission to overcome barriers and teach our kids new skills, many dedicated therapists will do any number of these things, for as long as it takes, to help our clients meet their goals. I’ve personally used hand-over-hand (using my hands to move a child’s ..read more
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A Confident OT: What It Looks Like & How to Get There
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by HustleFish
1y ago
A Confident OT: What It Looks Like & How to Get There Three Indispensable Steps to Becoming a Truly Confident Therapist The Long Road to Get Here At some point in our careers, most of us turn a corner: we no longer feel like we are “faking” our clinical skills, we don’t spend hours preparing for every session, and impostor syndrome finally fades away. But what does a truly confident therapist look like? Does it involve having a solid answer to every question a parent or teacher asks us? Does it mean we are always the expert? Does it entail coming up with interventions that work the fi ..read more
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Creating Autism Interventions that Promote Flexibility:
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by HustleFish
1y ago
Creating Autism Interventions that Promote Flexibility: Your Ultimate Guide​ One thing we know about the learning style of people on the autism spectrum is that there is often a strong adherence to routines. This can sometimes really work to their advantage. Imagine the child who always comes into the classroom, hangs their backpack, washes their hands, and then gets out their supplies. But it can also be an incredible source of stress. Many times a child can come to depend on a routine, and when that routine changes it is like the rug has been pulled out from under them. And let’s face i ..read more
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Rethinking Reinforcers for Autism
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by HustleFish
1y ago
Rethinking Reinforcers for Autism Everyone who’s worked with autistic kids on tough goals knows that in order to be successful we have to tap into their motivation. None of us, neurotypical or otherwise, has an easy time doing things that aren’t meaningful or motivating to us. This is especially true for our young clients. So the question becomes: what motivators will we use? Rewards and praise? Or is there another way? Many therapists go the route of using rewards, reinforcers, and frequent praise. I totally get it. This is an obvious way to get a kid’s buy in. If they aren’t motivated t ..read more
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