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Holiday Tip #11 for Parents of Children with Autism

It’s 2 days to Christmas, the excitement is building,
gifts are under the tree and the stockings are bursting.
Dec. 23            Day 11   Establish Family Traditions.
Traditions are a big part of holiday celebrations. Make your traditions as unique as your family. Same time every year, we gather to watch the 1951 version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. That’s just one of the ways we provide a routine in our household during this busy, bustling season. Be sure to allow plenty of quiet, together time, too.


What Are You Doing With Your Summer?

I enrolled my son in an enrichment class for the summer at Fusion Academy in Huntington Beach. The school’s specialty is one-to-one teaching, so I thought it would suit him just fine. Of course it’s a film criticism class and after his first two-hour session, he emerged smiling from ear to ear. “Mom, thanks so much for signing me up for this class!”

It’s not free and I wouldn’t say it’s inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. After just two sessions, he’s been talking about films in a whole new light–more in-depth, making comparisons and best of all, on the way to class this morning he talked about a movie he’d write and direct! <Plant the seed!>

At the same time, we signed him up for a Pro-Tools I Tracking Course with Paul Murphy of Hollywood Recording Workshop in Anaheim. Again, a one-to-one tutorial.

In my opinion, the best money we’ve spent to date on summer programs for our son.

Best of all, any class or course you enroll you child in imposes a discipline of routine.

TIP OF THE WEEK: People with autism need routine

April 24, 2012

One of the most critical and significant things parents can do for their child with an autism spectrum disorder is to provide a strong routine at home. Allowing events to happen the same time each day will help your child tremendously. Visual supports such as schedules, checklists and timelines help illustrate consistency to individuals with autism. When they are able to better understand and be prepared for what’s going to happen next, anxiety lessens and they can adapt more easily to the environment.