Life Skills

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A New Kind of Networking – Start with Social Skills

We’ve all heard that it’s “who you know” or “networking” that helps the majority of people obtain a job. While experience, resumes and education are important in obtaining employment, word of mouth is the...
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Building Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism, Part...

You know you want your child to be a part of his community. If you read my last article, you know that being a part of the community is something you have to teach. You...
Community Life Skills

Build Community Integration Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being...
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Are We Ever Truly “Independent”?

My job, for the past fourteen years, has sometimes been called "Independence Facilitator" as well as Instructional Aide. Working with students who are diagnosed with severe autism, I used to think that this title...
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7 Micro-Business Ideas to Help Transition into Adulthood

Statistics reveal a growing number of Americans aging out of Adult Transition Programs in local school districts creating an avalanche of ill-prepared individuals seeking suitable “post-school district” programs or opportunities.  Some statistics show that...
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6 Tips to Prepare Now for Transition to Adulthood

Many times when we ring in a new year, we make resolutions. We start new diets, exercise regularly, read more, etc. and “resolve” to due better in these areas of our life. Although statistics...
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Learning Independence – Personal Perspective

Learning to become independent is a very important skill for all people, but can sometimes be an even more complicated skill for individuals with special-isms. The one thing to remember is not to compare...

Tips for Working Towards Goals

I have been on a journey as an autism advocate for the last two years now. I have learned so much about myself, about autism, and so many other things while I have been...

Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists

My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs....
Sensory Hair Cuts

Getting to the “Root” of Haircut Challenges – 5 Tips to Turning a Roller...

Taking a typical child to the hair dresser can be a challenging experience, but adding more "isms" to this experience can change this from a simple errand to a frightening roller coaster ride of...