Tips Categorized as Life Skills

Teaching Turn Taking

You may find that your grandchild has no concept of turn taking. Turn taking is very important in walking with other people, conversation and playing games. Walking side by side is something we all take for granted. It is a skill that develops naturally in most people – not our … Read More »

Teaching About When And How To Ask For Help

Your grandchild’s life will be frustrating if they do not learn to ask for help. I would teach this skill even if they cannot use language. Have them practice in the grocery store. For example, if they cannot find the milk, teach them to identify the employees, and ask; “where … Read More »

Locating Public Restrooms

It is best to teach them how to look for public restrooms at an early age. This way, when they are grown up, they will have that skill well ingrained. You might want to look for the public restrooms every time you go into a store or restaurant. This way … Read More »

Teaching Swimming And Water Safety

Did you notice how your grandchild loves water? They tend to love pools and the ocean because it has a relaxing effect. Some of the children might wander off and a neighbor will find them in their pool. Make sure that you teach them not to go into the water … Read More »

Giving Directions When Walking/Driving To The Park Or The Store

Many parents and grandparents assume that the children on the spectrum don’t know how to get to destinations, because they act oblivious to their surroundings. However, that is not the case. Also, you want to train them to pay attention so they can find their own way around before they … Read More »

Teaching How To Cross The Street Safely

Street safety is very important because it could mean the difference between life and death for your grandchild. Since they are paying partial attention, or no attention to what is going on around them, they are at risk of being injured by a vehicle. I recommend that you teach street … Read More »

Teaching About Stop Signs, Crosswalks

You want to teach the looking both ways concept first, because you want them to look both ways even at a crosswalk, or stop sign. There are no guarantees that the driver is focused on the road. You can teach about stop signs and pedestrian crossings. The learning can take … Read More »