Supporting Sensory Needs at Home for Autism Awareness Day 2020 #WorldAutismAwarenessDay
Happy World Autism Awareness Day
For parents, caregivers and educators Autism Awareness is a daily initiative which extends itself past this one day. As a community we actively look for ways to engage, educate and spread awareness all year around.
The Autism Helper shared some very useful tips on what you can do for school aged children with autism during this time of at-home learning.
As we move into the world of elearning and teletherapy, we have to get creative. At school, many children with autism have a variety of targeted sensory activities embedded throughout their day. At school, there may be a designated sensory room with a ton of equipment. However, at home, this may not be the case. Now that the home environment is becoming the classroom, how can teachers and OTs work with families to meet sensory needs at home? Here are some tips to try.
Start with what you know.
Obviously, school and home are very different environments, but if you know a sensory strategy consistently works at school, share that information with the family. For example, if a student frequently engages in heavy work tasks and they are successful at school, reach out to your OT to come up with a few home based heavy work tasks to send home to the family to start.
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Start A Walk. Have A Conversation. Be An Advocate.
Having conversations to dispel myths and address misunderstandings is key. It helps to build a community of understanding and awareness. Knowledge is key and when we know better, we do better. Sometimes, in talking to other people about Autism, you will inevitably come across people who have family members or people close to them who are autistic.
If you are having trouble finding a autism walk or a autism event to attend in your area, you can start your own walk. Organize your own event. Encourage friends and family to walk, volunteer and show support.
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