Holiday Tip #6 for Parents of Children with Autism

 

It’s 8 days to Christmas and music abounds, be sure to have a plan for
managing new sounds.
 
Dec. 18            Day 8   Escape Plan in Place
When it all becomes too much—too much noise, too many people, too much that’s unfamiliar—having a plan of escape to a place to self-regulate is always wise. With a Plan A and Plan B,
at least you have options. Practice a non-verbal hand signal your kid can give you to show you he needs to leave, instead of one child who shouted at the top of his lungs during his parents’ open house/New Year’s party, “It’s time for everyone to go home now! We’re done!”
 
JINGLE BELLS!
 

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Sit down with your child and together devise a secret hand signal that you can use to communicate in public. Practice it frequently. Having this non-verbal signal allows your child to tell you that he has to use the bathroom, or he wants to leave or he’s had enough–in an inobtrusive way.

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One response to “Holiday Tip #6 for Parents of Children with Autism

  1. Wow, these are going well.

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