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.
Please check out this downloadable PDF of Autism Resources in Western North Carolina: Empower Autism Resource List
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.
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.
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