HELPING YOU NAVIGATE AUTISM
Part of our mission at Empowering Kids is to provide resources to families and the community. Although we work toward providing and teaching skills through our research based curriculums, we want individuals to use those skills and feel successful beyond the walls of Empowering Kids. To do this, we work toward providing resources that are easy to access and are ready for use in the home and out in the community. To help prepare your child for successful outings, find the resources that best fit your needs and go through that resource with your child before attending the event. By going through the social stories, visuals, and visual schedules before an event, it allows a time for thinking, conversing, and role playing through situations with your child about what is going to be happening, what is expected and unexpected to do in that situation, and strategies/a plan/a safe place to go to manage their strong feelings if they begin to have them. Some of the resources below are for specific events and some are for general use at home or in the community.
TURTLE FEST PARADE
Here are some visuals to help with the Perham Turtle Fest Parade in June. Here is an example of a visual parade schedule.
TRICK OR TREATINGHere is a social story to help you and your child have a successful Halloween! Read through this as many times as necessary to help them understand what will be happening and how they should behave. You’ll both feel more comfortable when it comes to the big day!
EOT County Fair
County fairs can be intimidating – all of the different smells, people, rides, food, and more. It can be overwhelming. Prepare your kiddo ahead of time using these materials to have a positive experience at the fair. Click the links below for different resources:
Going to a Movie
Here is a social story to help your child attend a movie at a theatre!
Here are a few visuals that you can use with your kids while you are out and about in the community or just at home. You can print these out and place them on cardstock so they can be used over and over again. Click here to see the visuals.
At the 2018 EMS Conference, we recommended a variety of different fidget toys that EMS personnel could have on hand during emergencies to help keep individuals with autism or other social challenges calm. Click to view the list of calming fidgets!
Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is a non-profit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement. Click here to view their website.
Sesame Street has a lot of different resources for parents. They have videos for children with autism or for siblings/cousins/friends to explain autism. They even have a character on the show that has autism. Click here to go to their website.
PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE INTAKE MEETING
INTAKE MEETING SOCIAL STORY
Read this social story to your child a few times before your intake meeting to help them understand what is going to happen.
INTAKE MEETING VISUAL SCHEDULE
This is a visual schedule of what we’ll do during our intake meeting. Go over it with your child so they know what to expect when they come!
BIRTHDAY CLUB VISUAL SCHEDULE
Walk through this visual schedule of Birthday Club to help your child have a positive gathering with friends!
BIRTHDAY CLUB SOCIAL STORY
Read this Birthday Club social story to your child ahead of time, so they know what to expect.