Functional Living Skills
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Children with ASD don’t see the world in the same way as people without the disorder. To them, structure and purpose offer comfort and defense against what they perceive to be a puzzling and chaotic world. At the Beehavior Company, we design personalized treatment plans that take into account the needs of the individual to help your child cope better with daily life and the changes that come with it.
Dealing with Changes in Daily Life
Children with ASD rely on routines and structures to make sense of the world around them. This can make it exceedingly difficult for them to deal with disruptions to their regular schedule. Experts often associate this challenge with a person with autism's struggle to see the bigger picture. By this, we mean that they are often excellent at observing minute details and can focus on a particular area but are less able to see how it all fits together.
As with most aspects of ASD, responses may not all be the same. For instance, when confronted with minor changes in their daily routine, people in one area of the autism spectrum may feel stressed and uncomfortable but still possess the tools they need to cope. On the other hand, another child with autism with different struggles may have a full-blown meltdown on the first day of school.
To help your child learn to deal with change, strategies can involve simple actions such as flashcards explaining the change, or intensive ABA therapy. The BCBAs at the Beehavior Company are adept at using the repetitive nature of the children we serve to create patterns and methods that are beneficial to their long-term well-being and social skills. Call now to book.
The importance of stability in your child’s routines
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- Social Skills
- Challenging behavior
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Challenges at School
The school environment is probably the toughest for a child on the autism spectrum to navigate. Why so? Here is a quick look at some of the biggest challenges a child with autism will face at any school today:
- Sensory Overload: Loud noises, bright lights, people taking up your personal space. For neurotypical people, these are just minor inconveniences that we shrug off as part of life. However, for people with even minor forms of autism, this sensory overload can be the source of considerable distress.
- Difficulty with Gross and Fine Motor Skills: People with autism often have coordination challenges, which makes it hard for them to get involved in sports or other physical activities. This lack of coordination even extends to the fine motor skills required to hold a pencil or paintbrush correctly, which means students with Autism may struggle with drawing, writing, or handling smaller objects like microscope slides. Coupled with their difficulty with reading and speech comprehension (people with ASD have trouble understanding non-verbal cues like tone and nuance), and you can see why children with autism are at a significant disadvantage in classes that cater to mainly neurotypical children.
- Difficulty with changes in schedule and routine: Even more than the rest of us, people with ASD are creatures of habit and routine. This is how they make sense of a world that, to them, can be frightening and chaotic. Unfortunately, the school schedule is always changing. From extended holidays and snow days to surprise tests, something unexpected always seems to be popping up. As you can imagine, these unforeseen changes can cause a great deal of anxiety to children who rely on rigorous structure to feel secure.
While there are measures taken to help children with ASD to better cope with modern schools, the Beehavior Company believes that more can and should be done. If you need support in making this a reality, our experts will be happy to help!
Why isn’t your child enjoying school?
Some functional living skills we work on:
- Self care skills
- Nighttime routines
- Meal times
- Household chores
- Community participation skills
- Personal safety skills
- School skills
- Vocational Skills
Is your child struggling with everyday life? Let us help
Are you looking to test your child for autism? Are you ready to begin ABA therapy? Then get in touch today and let our experts get you the answers you need.