Life Skills

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A Special Interest: An Obsession or a Tool?

We all have things that we love to think and talk about.  For example, Chris enjoys to talk about his love for Disney World and Wine.  Ok, they are two very different things but...

Festivity of Foods: Not for Kids with Anxious Moods

For many kids with anxious moods, holiday meals are nothing to celebrate.  Let's explore the anxious moods of Maddie, Anthony and Patty.  Discover tips and ideas to reduce or eliminate a child's anxiety around...

Chores – They Do a Child a World of Good

I have spent more than 15 years working specifically in an Adult Transition program.  From those years of experience, I can advise to get started as early as possible assigning chores which is basically...

Consider Yoga to Develop Social Skills

The benefits of yoga seem to be numberless.  Every person has a different reason why they practice yoga or even a different idea of why others practice yoga.  Common responses are for flexibility, relaxation,...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...

“Ah Shucks!” Teach Kids How to Deal with Disappointment

Lots of the kids in our Social Adventures Groups have trouble dealing with disappointment. They don’t like to lose. They don’t like it when they can’t be first at an activity. They don’t like it when a...

Learn How to Cope with Change

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I like structure and predictability. I enjoy knowing what is going to happen, first, next, and last. Not only do I like knowing what is...
Friend Files

Create a Friend File – a Tool for Social Integration

Create a friend file, a tool for social integration is a strategy created by Michelle Garcia Winners to facilitate interactive perspective taking.    Initiating conversations can be challenging for many children with various isms....

How to Recognize and Teach Kindness

Did you know World Kindness Day is November 13 each year? Do you recall your first recognition of an act of kindness? Some children with various isms do not realize when others are mean to...

Workability – Kids Learn to Earn

Labor Day - always the first Monday in September is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute...