Everyday Activities to Help Your Child with Autism Live Life to the Full: Exercises to Boost Functional Skills, Sensory Processing, Coordination and Self-Care

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Does your child Struggle with brushing their teeth? Is it difficult to get them dressed and undressed each day? Do they struggle to understand their body's relationship to the world?

This book is brimming with simple ideas, activities, and exercises to address these daily challenges that young children with autism face. Easy to carry out and to fit into your routines, they will help improve a child's sense of body awareness, coordination, and motor skills, and address key tasks ...

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Everyday Activities to Help Your Young Child with Autism Live Life to the Full: Simple Exercises to Boost Functional Skills, Sensory Processing, Coordination and Self-Care

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Overview

Does your child Struggle with brushing their teeth? Is it difficult to get them dressed and undressed each day? Do they struggle to understand their body's relationship to the world?

This book is brimming with simple ideas, activities, and exercises to address these daily challenges that young children with autism face. Easy to carry out and to fit into your routines, they will help improve a child's sense of body awareness, coordination, and motor skills, and address key tasks such as eating meals and healthy sleep. There are also ideas for tackling social challenges, including playing with friends, going on holiday, and staying calm at school. The final chapter of the book explains the different support professionals parents of a child with autism are likely to encounter and how each can help their child.

This jargon-free book shows how occupational therapy techniques can be used to help your young child with autism to live life to the full, and will be an essential tool for parents and carers.

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Occupational therapies for children with autism can greatly improve their ability to perform functional tasks, use visual and motor skills, and learn self-care routines as well as help them with sensory issues and body coordination. This guide to incorporating occupational therapy techniques into routine activities combines the expertise of Jacobs, an occupational therapist, and Betts (superintendent, Boyertown Area Sch. District; Hints and Tips for Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders). It introduces readers to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and describes how ASD can affect areas like body awareness and the senses, then presents clear, simple activities that can be performed by families throughout the course of the day to work on specific issues. VERDICT This work is an indispensable tool for parents and caregivers seeking to improve the lives of children with autism, whether they are performing daily tasks or just having fun.—T.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849052382
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 543,290
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Carol A. Just OTD, OTR/L 9

Acknowledgments 13

A Note About This Book 15

Introduction 17

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders? 17

What is occupational therapy? 18

Functional assessment 18

Skill assessment 18

Sensory processing 18

Visual/motor skills 19

Self-care skills 19

How to use this book 19

Chapter 1 Body Awareness 21

Let's make a paper me 28

Right/left discriminative and self and others in the environment 30

My right hand 31

Mom's right hand 32

The bed has a right and left side 32

Balance 33

Building bicycle skills 34

Pillow walk 36

Target practice 36

Up on your knees please 37

Mobility 38

Chapter 2 Increasing Coordination 39

Eye-hand coordination 39

Infants: Birth to two years of age 40

Toddlers: Ages two to five 40

Children: Elementary school age 41

Bilateral coordination 44

Infants 44

Toddlers 44

Children 45

Chapter 3 Fine Motor Skills 49

Foundation skills 53

The pinch 55

Wrist position 58

Make it noticeable 60

Right or left handed? 60

Progressing hand skills and tool use 64

Scissors 65

Coloring in shapes and spaces 67

Writing legibly on the line 67

Turning the page 68

Following the reading 69

A word about hand strength 70

Nail face picture 71

Hole punch activities 71

Let's find the good stuff 72

Chapter 4 Understanding the World through the Senses 73

Position in space 74

Swing 74

Knee riding 75

Exercise balls 76

Movement 76

Under leg ball toss 77

Touch 77

Compression shirts 78

Burrito time 78

Gentle touch 79

Neutral warmth 79

Heavy blanket 79

Sound 80

Turn down the noise 80

Taste 81

Smell 82

Vision 84

Attention 85

Chapter 5 Daily Living Skills 87

Mealtimes 88

Dressing 90

What's the weather? 91

Let's pick 91

Getting into clothes 92

What about style? 92

Grooming 93

Bathroom 93

Hand washing 94

Nail care 95

Bath time 95

Taking care of belongings 97

Daily schedules 98

Visual schedules 99

Keeping organized 100

Sleep 100

Chores 101

Chapter 6 Activities in the Home, School, and Community 103

Play 103

Playing alone 103

Parallel play 103

Playing together 104

Breaks at school 107

Computer use, television, and videogames 108

Technology 108

Worship 109

Holidays 111

Restaurants 111

Running errands with the family 112

Leisure 113

Going to the movies 113

Bicycle riding 114

Bowling and arcades 114

Chapter 7 Calming Techniques 117

Staying calm at home 118

Opportunities for self-expression 118

Self-calming materials and furniture 118

Staying calm in school 119

Visual schedules 121

Children learn using many senses 122

Staying calm in the community 122

The night before 123

Snacks 124

Backpack/bag 124

Clothing 124

Chapter 8 Building Capacity: Optimizing Care and Treatment 125

Support for parents, carers, and professionals 125

The grief process 125

Networking and a team approach 127

Types of professionals arid services 128

Assessment and goal planning 132

Celebration 133

References 135

Index 137

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