This isn’t a philosophical post. I have found that there are a few products that really help me help my son who has autism. Sharing here because they might help someone else.
- Waterproof paper. It prints in a laser printer, but not inkjet. My son’s visual language PODD is printed on this material, and we’re planning some visual schedules as well.
- Window Crayons. We have a sliding glass door, and I’ve been able to draw a few First/Then patterns and pictures so my son can point to request things. You can probably find these at your local big box store as well.
- Soft Pajamas. My children with autism or ADHD sensory issues practically live in soft, long sleeve, long pants pajamas when we’re at home. Sign up for Carter’s or OshKosh newsletters to get word on their frequent great sales. The tighter fit of the pajamas helps to soothe the little ones’ sensory needs.
- Elephant and Piggie Books. These have simple language, model body language and emotions well, and allow the reader to interact with the book. My youngest son is learning to shake his head “no” and nod “yes” from our Elephant and Piggie book time.
- Daniel Tiger. If your child is young enough to like Daniel Tiger, consider watching the shows on PBSkids and reading the books. Daniel Tiger is an entire show about social scripts and schedules. The show makes emotional intelligence easy to teach.
That’s all for today. I’ll update again another time. I hope this helps!
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