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4th of July Tips for Families Affected By Autism


The 4th of July can be a fun and enjoyable experience for families affected by autism. However, it is important to spend extra time and effort in order to facilitate the fun! One of the ways in which you can prep an individual with autism for what is involved with this holiday is through the use of a social story. Social stories are tools that can be used to help somebody with autism understand an event or an activity. These short stories help an individual understand the socially relevant cues in a given situation. Positivelyautism.com, a resource for parents, teachers, behavior analysts, SLPs, OTs, etc., has a social story created specifically for the 4th of July (click here to download). Sensory processing is often an area where parents have much concern. The sound and light associated with fireworks shows are sensory overload for a number of individuals with autism. There are a few ways in which you can provide a pleasant experience for these individuals. The first focus should be on preparing for the actual event. Social stories, as mentioned, are one way to do this. Another way is to model for the individual what the event will look and […]

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