Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Avoid Meltdowns and Have Fun!

Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Avoid Meltdowns and Have Fun!

by Kate E Reynolds

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Overview

Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Avoid Meltdowns and Have Fun! by Kate E Reynolds

Parties and celebrations can be highly challenging for children and teens on the autism spectrum and they can often feel reluctant to participate. This book shows that if parties embrace the differences intrinsic to autism, and are planned carefully, they can be inclusive events enjoyed by all.

Drawing on personal experience with her son, the author highlights aspects of conventional parties that can heighten the anxieties of those on the spectrum and outlines practical solutions to these issues. The book covers considerations for party invitations, prizes, food and venues and includes chapters suggesting activities for age groups 2-8, 9-12 and teenagers.

This book will empower parents and caregivers to plan stress-free parties with ease, enabling those on the autism spectrum to develop social skills and self-confidence – and most importantly, have fun!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849052771
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kate E. Reynolds, MSc (Dist) BSc. RGN. PGDipHEd. PGDipCouns., worked for the UK's National Health Service for 18 years, seven of which were in HIV/Aids and sexual health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior Counsellor and staff trainer. In 2005 Kate's son was diagnosed as having 'classic' autism with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Since then, Kate has written several books for JKP about sexuality education and autism/intellectual disabilities. She is a researcher and public speaker; in 2016 she spoke at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting about sex education and disability and speaks extensively with parents and caregivers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Difficult Aspects of Conventional Parties. 2. Home Versus Public Venues. 3. Using Party Invitations as Visual Aids. 4. Examples of Party Plans. 5. Considering Sensory Issues and Developmental Level at Parties. 6 Challenging Aspects of Party Food. 7. Party Bags, Favours and Prizes. 8. Party Activities for 2-8 Year Old Children with ASD. 9. Party Activities for 9-12 Year Old Children with ASD. 10. Parties for Teenagers with ASD. 11. What to do When Things Go Wrong. 12. Conclusions, Further Advice and Support. Appendix 1. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Appendix 2. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Appendix 3. Makaton. Appendix 4. Visual Cues. Appendix 5. Social Stories. References.

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