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By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist. Starting school is a big transition not just for children but for the whole family. This article details strategies that can support your family during this transition period. Every child’s strengths and experiences are different, so you may find some strategies more relatable than others. A strengths-based approach would start by identifying Read more

Some children have trouble coping with changes in routine.  Children with autism spectrum disorder in particular find changes extremely difficult and you may need special help beyond these tips.If you have a child who seems to have trouble coping with change, try to give your child plenty of preparation time when you know something out of routine is to occur.  For example, “After lunch we Read more

Being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically Asperger's Syndrome, in August 1994, I would suggest that I experience the same kinds of difficulties as others diagnosed with an ASD.For instance, we dislike change (we prefer routine), we tend to be obsessive and we become anxious very easily.We also take what is said to us literally.For example, the teacher says Read more

Routines and transition times are an important part of life, especially in child care settings and schools. Children learn skills such as self help skills, independence, sequencing and how to act appropriately in a group by taking part in routines. Children who are experiencing difficulties should be helped to follow through completely with all routines as it is an invaluable learning experience Read more