Strive Center for Autism
Getting Into the Groove
We know water safety is a big concern for our families, and with summer already here, and everyone anxious to get outside, here's a link to a short article with additional tips on water safety from Autism Speaks:
Same Time Next Week
We've adapted a number of our activities so that they can be experienced at your child's individual table - this includes art projects, library, and even dramatic play. At the end of each week, we clean all the materials that your child has used for that week, and rotate the materials, so each child will have a new experience for the next week.
To help with six foot social distancing, we've added a Movement Square around each child's table. We've used tape to define the area, and it allows each child room to get up and move from his chair, see his peers, play with bigger toys, and still maintain a safe distance. We've been able to use these Movement Squares so that the children can see and interact with each other at circle time, snack time, and for fun movement breaks throughout the day.
A surprising benefit of altering our environment to honor the CDC recommendations has resulted in our children practicing many new concepts including tolerance and adaptability which will serve them well in a school and/or social setting. Our children are adapting to a new schedule, new way of moving around the clinic, new technicians working with them, new arrival routine, new places to eat snacks, new way to participate in “group” activities, and new ways to interact with toys to name a few. They are learning to tolerate exposure to face coverings on themselves as well as others, tolerating longer periods of time being seated, tolerating distance from others, tolerating being able to move around the clinic less freely than usual which is resulting in our learners learning physical boundaries, tolerating limited snack and food choices and temperatures, and tolerating increased hand washing. All of these new skills will serve your children well in many areas of their life.
Remember - we will have therapy on June 19th, not a Professional Development Day as previously planned!
Autism Alliance of Michigan Hero Walk: Virtual Event
Sunday, July 26th, 9am
This is an online event.
We have formed a Strive Center for Autism team, and would love to have you join us here: