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Returning to Life with Autism in a Post-Pandemic World

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Returning to Life with Autism in a Post-Pandemic World

Like all of us, children and teens are hopeful and pleased that the situation appears to be improving. However, the next phase of the pandemic comes with its own fears and anxieties. Some characteristics of autism may make these fears even more intense for kids on the spectrum.

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Relaxation Training for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

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Relaxation Training for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Given the high prevalence of anxiety in autism, it is important to equip children with coping tools they can use when feeling overwhelmed. 

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Smoother Transitions for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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Smoother Transitions for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Most children can negotiate transitions without much difficulty. If a child does protest, it is usually because they are being asked to move from a desirable activity to a less desirable activity.  However, for children on the spectrum, transitions (of all types) can be quite challenging. Even relatively straightforward directions such as  "Get your shoes on. 

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Six Steps to Address Anxiety for Nonverbal People With Autism

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Six Steps to Address Anxiety for Nonverbal People With Autism

Anxiety in autism can wreak havoc on functioning. It can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but downright nightmarish for someone who cannot use language.  Although we still have a long way to go, the role of anxiety in autism is increasingly being recognized and therapies have been developed or adapted to meet this need.  I offer six steps to address anxiety for nonverbal people with autism. Modify the specifics to match the age, developmental level, and preferences of the person you are supporting. 

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