Autism Life Skills

life skills free printableI have watched with bated breath as Conor has changed from a little boy who has been floundering in our world trying his best to make sense of it all to finally flourishing. His little personality is emerging as he starts to explore his surroundings, trying to climb, taking chances (sometimes leading to me pulling him off the back of scooters as he hurtles towards a wall laughing his cute little head off). He is starting to spread his wings a little and “try out” the world around him.x

I see his growing confidence and independence emerging despite all the challenges he faces every day. A smile rises on his on his face as brightly as the morning sun when he “knows” he has done something for himself, he has challenged himself and has overcome a new obstacle.  [Read more…]

Wheels on the Bus Free Printable

The wheels on the bus go round and round printable

If you ever see me out walking with my boys or call to our house unexpectedly you will usually find one of us singing Nursery Rhymes to Conor and Jack. They both absolutely adore music and song, unfortunately myself and the crows outside sound quiet similar but luckily both my boys seem to appreciate my attempts to make them happy through singing (badly) their favorite songs. Music and song really helps them to feel happy and calm so I always try to include what they love in their daily lives.x

The sad part about them both not being able to speak just yet means they can’t “sing” just as you can I would so I am always trying to find ways to encourage their interaction, giving them more control over their environment. One way I can really help them is through Visuals/Communicative aids that help to give them a “voice” when we are having fun together during song time.

As Jack is a only just starting out with PECS (Picture Exchange Communication) I wanted to make sure I created a Visual he could use just as easily as his older brother Conor.  [Read more…]

Happy Printing

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Behavior Downloads

Behavior Downloads

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Communication Printable

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When you become a Special Needs Parent of a child with Autism or a child who needs clear visuals to communicate/understand the world around them, then you will need to access to Communication Boards. You can either purchase them through the many brilliant online stores usually can tailor them to your needs or you can make them yourself.

I remember in the early days having no idea how to make them but in recent years I have learned through Trial and Error. As mentioned in my previous Friday Freebie Post (See Itsy Bitsy Spider Printable) I am a week behind in my Friday Freebies so I have created this post to “catch” up.  [Read more…]

Visual Schedule

Visual ScheduleMany adults and children with special needs use Visual Schedules as a way of communicating, providing a means of instruction and organization to their lives.

Autistic children and adults think in pictures. In their mind and in their understanding they see actual pictures/visuals when they try to process information that they are receiving. Creating Visual Schedules and pictures can help them to understand and communicate on a level that is uniquely personal to them. [Read more…]