Learning social skills is a natural part of a child’s development, and children with autism are no exception. If your child has autism or another developmental delay, it can take some time before you schedule his or her first playdate. Here are some of the signs that your child is ready for some playtime with a peer:
Your child enjoys playing.
Before scheduling a playdate, make sure that your child is at the right skill level. Does your child enjoy playing with his or her toys? Do you often see your child playing with blocks or puzzles? If your child is at the appropriate skill level and shows enthusiasm for toys and games, it may be time to introduce him or her to the idea of playing with other children.
Your child has the right playmate.
It’s important to pick your child’s first playmate carefully. Ideally, the friend your child plays with should be around the same age and should have approximately the same level of playing skills. It is a bonus if your child’s friend shares some of the same interests, such as dinosaurs or outer space. Make sure that you or another adult is around to supervise the playdate.
Your child has the right activities.
You should also take the time to make sure that the children have the right toys, games, or other activities available for the playdate. Remember, however, that children who have autism are sometimes alarmed by changes in routine. You may want to create a special schedule for your child so that he or she can see everything that is going to happen that day.
If you think that your child could benefit from ABA therapy , contact The Behavior Exchange. We use proven, evidence-based methods to provide children who have developmental delays with the effective care they deserve. You can reach our office in Plano today by calling (888) 716-8084.
Adjusting to even small changes in schedule can be difficult for a child with autism. Changes in routine may encompass anything from going to the dentist for the first time to eating lunch at a slightly different time of day. You can help your child adjust by trying to make the change familiar ahead of time—for example, by talking to your child about the dentist and going over what will happen during the visit. Making a daily timetable with pictures for your child that he or she can carry around is also a good way to help your child get used to the idea of doing different things throughout the day.
For nearly two decades, The Behavior Exchange has worked to provide families in Plano with effective therapy for children with autism and other special needs. If you have any questions about the services we offer, get in touch with us by calling (888) 716-8084.
If you have noticed potential symptoms of autism in your child, it can be difficult to know when you should speak to your physician about it. It’s best to rely on your instincts as a parent and to call your doctor if you sense any developmental delays in your child. You should also act quickly if your child’s communication skills or social skills seem to regress at all. The earliest months and years in your child’s life are the most critical for development, and this is when you’re most likely to notice the symptoms of autism. The earlier you respond to a developmental delay, the more effective the response is likely to be.
If you have a child who has autism, the ABA therapists at The Behavior Exchange can help to ensure that you have access to the most effective therapies. If you would like to learn more, call our office in Plano today at (888) 716-8084.
One-on-one ABA therapy sessions are a cornerstone of what we do here at The Behavior Exchange. Our talented behavior analysts work closely with parents to develop an in-depth understanding of each child’s unique developmental needs and challenges. This enables us to develop personalized approaches to fostering achievement. There are a few things parents can do to help their children get the most from one-on-one ABA therapy.
It’s important for children to know how to apply the skills they’ve learned in ABA sessions to other environments and situations. Our therapists teach parents how to use the principles of ABA in daily life, which will help their children progress. By partnering with a child’s family, our therapists can support the consistent use of positive reinforcement, which encourages the child to maintain his or her good behavior.
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