Monday, October 16, 2017
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Whether it’s family photos or school picture day, let’s talk about expectations and being prepared!
Friday, October 13, 2017
Whether it’s family photos or school picture day, let’s talk about expectations and being prepared! Bright lights and new surroundings can be challenging to your child. Try talking about what to expect before the day arrives. Try on the selected outfit and practice with your phone or personal camera. Ask them if they have some great ideas about how they would like to smile. Getting them involved gains excitement where they may have otherwise been hesitant to participate. 🙂
Fall is here and that means changes outdoors.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Fall is here and that means changes outdoors. The leaves fall and the sun sets a little sooner each day. Help prepare your child for the upcoming time change (November 5) by slowly and incrementally adjusting bedtimes and wake times in 15-20 minute intervals for a week or two before the time change.
“My daughter has excelled greatly since she started going to Child’s Play!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
“My daughter has excelled greatly since she started going to Child’s Play! I am so thankful they are here in Fort Wayne!”
– Parent of Child’s Play Client
The transition to warmer clothes means long sleeves and bulkier items such as sweaters, coats and closed-toe shoes.
Monday, October 2, 2017
The transition to warmer clothes means long sleeves and bulkier items such as sweaters, coats and closed-toe shoes. This can be a challenge to those with rigid routines or to those who are more sensitive to touch. Be sure to check their shoes for a comfortable fit. Clothing that is seamless, tag-less or broken in could be the best way to make this cool weather change a whole lot easier.
You’ve probably noticed that your child LOVES music.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
You’ve probably noticed that your child LOVES music. It’s easy to understand why: the lyrics and rhythm never change. It’s familiar and safe. Explore new music with different instruments and songs. They may just find a new favorite!
It’s time to get outdoors!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
It’s time to get outdoors! It can be anything… a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to a state park! What ever it is, it can be a great adventure for your child. Being outside encourages motor activities and awakens the senses. Each child is different; so be sure to listen to their cues, talk about where you’ll be going and make it a learning experience.
Getting to know other children and create friendships may be a little more difficult if your child is on the spectrum.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Getting to know other children and create friendships may be a little more difficult if your child is on the spectrum. Inclusion, kindness and understanding are important. Allow them to be around other kids. Invite a new friend to your house! Make play dates short and include a fun activity to help create a positive experience.
Setting aside a designated quiet space and time will help set them up for success.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Setting aside a designated quiet space and time will help set them up for success. Understanding the expectations that come with homework time, or for the younger kids perhaps a quiet and focused play, will help your child transition and use their time more effectively. For example, when it’s 3:00 PM they know it’s time to settle in and read, study or spend time in their quiet space.
Let’s talk about school lunches.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Let’s talk about school lunches. Most likely you are packing their meal. To make sure they are getting the most out of their lunch break try these suggestions:
1. Place an instruction card on the inside of the lid in their lunch box. This will give them the reminders they may need to stay focused, eat and clean up in the time given.
2. Communicate with teachers and staff to let them know that your child is working on becoming a more adventurous eater and to please not comment on his/her choices.
3. Send bite-sized food in an easy to open container to help keep their lunch a successful time. Bon appetite!