GENERAL

Slowing it Down

Slowing it Down Today’s approach is known as “slowing it down.” This processing approach is similar to “breaking it down.” It may be difficult to rush your son or daughter through things like chores and the morning routine etc. One possible solution to help your child from getting stuck is to slow…. things…. down. You […]

Breaking-It-Down

Breaking-It-Down Sometimes, tasks and chores need to be broken down into individual steps or pieces. Remember, the processing funnel of your child is susceptible to getting stuck when overwhelmed with too much information. For example, avoid assigning vague or unclear tasks like, “Clean your room up and then you can go play with your friends.” […]

Frontloading

Frontloading Today’s processing friendly tool is known as frontloading. Similar to forecasting, this tool is used to help remind your child of past behavior patterns before setting expectations with them. For example, if your son or daughter gets very hyper when they go to a particular friend of family members house, you might say, “Sarah, […]

Forecasting

Forecasting The processing friendly tool we’d like to share with you today is known as “forecasting.” If you’re like me, when you make plans to go to the lake or on a hike, you check the weather forecast. Why? That way you know what to expect and can plan accordingly. Now, think about how this […]

Arm Around the Shoulder Approach

One effective approach that parents can use to avoid sticky situations and help their child feel supported as they move towards independence is the “arm around the shoulder approach.” By putting this simple approach into practice, you can help make overwhelming situations not so daunting for your child with autism.

Processing Approach 101 for Children with ASD

Processing has to do with the way someone’s brain filters and processes information. For children with ASD and other learning disabilities, the quality of processing is oftentimes slowed down or otherwise impaired. Understanding the processing funnel and related approaches can help you and your child avoid outbursts, communicate more effectively, and learn to process information more efficiently.

5 Listening Habits We All Need to Break

5 Listening Habits We All Need to Break If there are effective ways to listen, there are certainly ineffective ways to listen. Taking the time to listen to your child, and really hear them out is so important. Having worked firsthand with ASD youth, being heard is sometimes all they want. Here are 5 ineffective […]

5 Effective Active Listening Habits for Parents

5 Effective Active Listening Habits for Parents Listening. To be heard. It’s one of the most important things we do as humans. We all love to talk and share stories with one another. Being validated through active listening makes someone feel valued and loved. Being a caregiver, parent, or sibling to someone with autism can […]