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(2020) In-Sync Activities to Help Kids Cope with Being Cooped Up

A chapter in Autism-in-Lockdown: Expert Tips and Insights on Coping with the COVID-10 Pandemic (Future Horizons).

Being cooped up to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is especially challenging for children with autism and their grown-ups.  Five “In-Sync” activities may help families learn how to incorporate sensory-motor experiences into their endless indoor days.

Among the 34 authors are Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Joye Newman, Carol Gray, Jed Baker, Cara Koscinski, Paula Aquilla, Nancy Kashman, Janet Mora, and Roya Ostovar.

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(2020) Behavior Means Something

Published in August-October 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

When your child’s behavior mystifies you, put on your imaginary sensory spectacles and ask yourself three questions: What sensations does the child avoid? What sensations does the child constantly seek? What sensations calm the child?

(2020) 7 Tips to Develop Children’s Self-Discipline

Published August 5 at PsychologyToday.com

Seven suggestions to help your kids become more responsible and considerate — without nagging or shouting.

(2020) Time Inn: A Welcoming Accommodation

Published in May-July 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.  

A cozy “getaway” place may be exactly what a child needs to calm down and get some necessary time alone before re-entering the group.

(2020) Why Kids Love Building Forts — by Susan Margolin

Children love building and snuggling into forts, and experts say that kids need private get-aways more than ever.

(2020) Because of Jake

Published in February – April 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest

Because of having autism, Jake Cassell (2001 – 2019) was a sensational inventor, fixer, artist and musician.

(2020) Blue Toenails and Other Rituals

Published February 4, 2020 at Psychology Today.com

Family rituals help children develop good manners, self-help skills, and emotional security.

(2019) Daniel’s Xylophone

Published in Nov. 2019 – Jan. 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest

Preschooler Daniel communicated effectively with his classmates using his own “language” of numbers and music.

(2019) Speaking Positively to Children

Published on October 18 at PsychologyToday.com

A parent or teacher’s affirmative responses can turn kids’ stumbles into great learning experiences.

(2019) Sensory “Quinks” for the New School Year

In Aug.-Oct. issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest

Sensory-motor “Quinks” (short for Quick In-Sync activities) at school may ease your child’s transition into this year’s classroom.  Share these and your own family’s favorite Quinks with the teacher to incorporate into the school day.

(2019) Rehearsals for Life

Published on August 6th at PsychologyToday.com

Frequently and purposely, we provide our children with opportunities to practice the skills they will need throughout their lives. Especially if our kids have developmental delays such as autism or sensory processing disorder, we know the importance of practice, practice, practice.