Everyday life can present additional challenges for children with ASD. Activities such as sleeping, eating and toileting can be approached in different ways to ease the stress of performing them. Here are some resources put together by our clinicians to provide a starting point for these everyday activities.
‘It Can Get Better’ by Paul Dickinson and Liz Hannah gives practical advice to parents of children to help with several problem behaviours, including temper tantrums, toileting problems, sleep, feeding, self-help skills and learning to play, coping with obsessional and repetitive behaviour.
‘How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals’ by Chris Williams and Barry Wright.
‘Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism: The Stuff That Transformed My Life as an Autism Parent’ by Debby Elley may contain some helpful insight for his/her family.
‘Autistic Logistics: A Parent’s Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges’ by Kate Wilde may contain some ideas that you may find helpful in supporting your child’.
Sesame Street has created a character that has autism. The programme has produced information and videos to support this development that his family or people working with him may find useful: http://autism.sesamestreet.org/
Helping to manage everyday activities and routines can be challenging for children with ASD, so knowing how to tackle them can help create peace of mind for you both.
If you would like to seek further advice, please speak to one of our clinicians.