Thanksgiving is such a yummy holiday with lots of delicious homemade food and different fall flavors. While many adults have a more developed palate, children are still developing theirs. Research has supported that the more a child is exposed to a flavor profile the more likely they are to develop a taste for it (Bouhlal S, Issanchou S, Chabanet C, Nicklaus S, 2014).
Some children are much more selective with the types of foods they will eat than others. Some children are so selective they will only eat certain brands of a particular food. This can cause some challenges when eating a traditional holiday meal or when visiting friends and family. It may be helpful to pack a meal for your child to bring along or even make one of your child’s favorite foods to share with the family!
Some children with Autism find common activities like haircuts to be extremely stressful and aversive. In order to support our clients who struggle with these tasks your BCI clinician will gather important baseline information. This information will help guide your clinicians program development. Hair cuts may be aversive to our clients for a variety of reasons: the salon environment may be too overwhelming, lack of motivation to participate in a haircut, the tools used for a haircut may be scary. Depending on what is difficult for your child your BCI clinician will recommend different treatment options. If you are needing support for haircuts, please remember that your BCI care team is ready to help!
Birthday parties can sometimes be a source of anxiety or stress for families when they don’t seem to go as planned. With practice and support, birthday parties can be an enjoyable experience! If your child struggles with their own party or attending others, discuss with your BCI clinician what your goals are for your child. When planning your child’s birthday, your clinician can help you plan activities that are suited to your child’s interests and skills.
We hope your summer vacation has been restful and full of sunshine and warm weather. While we are still enjoying summer vacation it is a good time to begin thinking about going back to school. Transitioning from the relaxed summer schedule to a more structured school schedule can be particularly difficult. Here are BCI’s recommendations for a successful transition back to school.
Sensory-Friendly Movie Theater Fun
June 14, 2021
Many families enjoy spending time at the theater but for individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders, these activities can be overwhelming and unpleasant. If you want to help your child attend the theater successfully, check out these recommendations! Remember– ABA therapy is intended to support your child’s needs, and accessing their community is a part of that. Your clinician and RBT can help you plan a trip and can even attend with you!
Easing the Summer Break Transition
May 25, 2021
As summer break inches closer, remember to let your ABA clinician know of any time off or changes to the session schedule. While taking a vacation from therapy can be a wonderful time to rest and regroup from daily busy life, it is also a wonderful time to include programming in your everyday life!