4 Ways Parents Can Maximize Their Role in Transition

As your child with autism approaches adulthood, your role as a parent/caregiver/family member will become more emphasized and vital. As if it isn’t already! But you will be the one on the ground to help when your child leaves school. Unfortunately, the rest of your IEP team won’t be there to help then. But, while you have them and some time before graduation, here are some tips to enhance your role during transition, transition planning, and planning for adulthood.

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Peer-mediated Instruction & Intervention

One of the main characteristics of autism is social communication challenges. Individuals on the autism spectrum can benefit from working with peers. This strategy is referred to as peer-mediated instruction and intervention. This post shares what peer-mediated instruction and interventions are and how you can use them.

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Visual Supports

Individuals on the autism spectrum have strengths in visual processing and visual search skills compared to neurotypical individuals. By visually presenting information, such as directions about what to do or what will happen next, individuals with ASD are more likely to process information more easily and quickly. This strategy is referred to as visual supports. This post shares what visual supports are and how you can use them.

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Autism Resource: Evidence Based Practices

In this post, I’ll be sharing a FREE resource for you to learn about evidence-based practices specifically studied with learners on the autism spectrum. The Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) is a fantastic resource made up of video modules and interactive learning to teach you about using all of the 27 identified evidence-based practices for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Autism & Adulting - How You Can Get Ready for Adulthood

In this post, we’ll identify the tools you’ll need for planning and preparing your teen with autism for their transition to adulthood. I discovered a few key tools that were repeatedly popping up over and over again. And I’ve compiled them all into this toolkit for you to use. This makes adulthood easier to think about, figure out what is working for you and your family, and individualize the tools based on your teen with ASD and their interests and needs.

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Guardianship & Autism

Guardianship is an important legal decision to make as your child approaches adulthood. Once they’re 18 years old, the age of majority in legal terms, they stand to make their own decisions as a full-fledged adult. Parents will say that this topic often gets flung at them during an IEP meeting with very little information given to them to help make a decision. This post is about giving you an overview of what guardianship is, the types of guardianship, and what to expect about the processes to get there.

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5 Things Families Want You to Know About Teaching Their Child with Autism

As an autism parent, have you ever wished that your child’s teacher knew more about autism? Or as a teacher, did you wish you knew about your students with autism? Here is the post for both of you! This is definitely coming from a non-judgmental zone and more from a “wish I/you knew” perspective as a way to clear up misconceptions and promote communication between families and teachers. You can use this list to start a conversation between home and school.

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Autism in Puberty - 4 Ways to Prepare Your Autism Teen

Our kids with autism spectrum disorder are growing up. Just like every other kid. In a way, that is definitely one thing you can expect to occur in your very busy life as a parent. And just like every other kid, puberty seems to pop up out of nowhere. I’m there with you – it seems like just yesterday my youngest brother Tanner, was running around in diapers acting out scenes from Dora the Explorer with me. And now he turned 18 last November!

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Benefits of Technology Use for Individuals with ASD

Technology is a bit of a big deal in the ASD population (and that’s an understatement). People on the autism spectrum and their families use technology for a number of uses. Sure, there are a lot of negative experiences, but the benefits can outweigh these with some support. This post will share options in how individuals with ASD use technology and to encourage you to think about ways to incorporate them in your child’s day-to-day. Specifically, I’ll share several options, routes, and ideas about using technology in the home, school, and community, and all the places you go. In this guide, technology refers to any devices (computers, smart phones, tablets) and programs on them (apps!)

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