Handouts

Here are several printable handouts about helping a child with autism at home. These are based on my own experience, and I’m hoping they will be helpful to you. The suggestions listed here are not the only ways to create healthy communication in your home – but they are a place to start.

Empower Autism Resource List
Please check out this printable .pdf of Autism Resources in Western North Carolina. Or view the online version.

Frequently Asked Questions about Autism
Basic Q&A about diagnosis and what to do next.

Structure in the Home
Information about structuring your home-based routines to help your child with autism.

Teaching a Schedule
Most adults (with and without autism) use a daily schedule or to do list. Start teaching them early and you will probably see increased independence at home.

Teaching a Timer
If they are used correctly, a timer can help to minimize power-struggles about transitions.

Using Written Explanations
Many people with autism respond best to visual information. Learn more about communicating more clearly.

Rules and Rewards
Clarify your expectations and motivate your child to follow more of the rules.

Managing Behavior
If the handout above isn’t quite enough to help.

Sleep Hygiene Handout
Getting good sleep can help your child be more available for learning during the day.

Mealtimes and Food
Find a healthy routine about food and/or increase your child’s food repertoire.

Pre-Vocational Skills
A list of skills a child should have by 14 years of age, in order to access job training in school

Managing a Meltdown
Step by step guide for caregivers to cope with meltdowns.

Hiring a Mentor
To guide the process of finding a good mentor and establishing guidelines for expectations.

Holiday Recommendations
Some advice for making non-typical days less stressful for everyone.