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Using a Care Binder to Stay Organized

Parents: In caring for your child with special health needs, you may get information and paperwork from many sources. A Care Binder can help you organize the most important information in a central place and share key information with members of your child’s care team. Young adults: You may get information and paperwork from many sources related to your health and care. A Care Binder can help you organize the most important information in a…

How to Be a Good Parent Advocate

All parents naturally want to be good advocates for their children. There are a few steps you can take to help you be more effective. Know your child Be able to communicate your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This is important in evaluation and Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings, but it is also helpful in everyday interactions with teachers, therapists, and staff. Understand your…

How to Find Good Quality, Safe Child Care for Children with ASD

What is child care? Child care is the caring for and supervision of a child. Some families need regular child care to keep their children safe when the parents or other family members are not able to provide supervision for regular periods of time, for example, when they are at work or school. Families may also need intermittent child care for short periods of time while they go to a doctor or dentist appointment or when they plan a…

All These Appointments! All This Paperwork! How to Stay Organized

All these appointments! All these people! All this paperwork! The world of Autism Spectrum Disorder is a whirlwind of new information, becoming involved with agencies and people that you never expected to need to know. So……. How does one possibly keep track of it all, not lose paperwork, and stay organized? This is quite the project, and, if you come up with a system, it is possible to stay “on top” of most of it. Though it takes work to stay…

Accommodations and Supports for School-Age Students with ASD

Accommodations and supports are designed to minimize obstacles to learning or participating in the educational environment. The accommodations and supports your child receives will depend on your child’s needs and the goals set in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. The list below contains some common ones used with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many of the supports listed are visual. Often children with ASD…

Preparing Your Child for a Blood Draw

If your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) needs to have a blood draw, due to an upcoming medical procedure or for testing, both you and your child may be anxious about it. In preparing for the blood draw procedure, consider whether your child will respond best if he or she knows what will happen, or if your child will do better without expecting the needle prick. The information below may help ease the concerns of both you and your…

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