Life Skills

Introducing New Foods
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My son will not try any new foods. When I even ask him to just take a bite of something different he starts yelling. How can I get him to try something new?

Social Safety Awareness Strategies
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How do you teach a child about not talking to strangers? My 11 year old child will open the door for anyone and also will just go up to people at restaurants/malls or various events and talk to them. She will introduce them to me as her friends. I have tried to verbally explain to her not to just go up to anyone unless I am there but this has not worked.

Addressing Shoe Challenges on the Bus
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My 5 year old takes off her socks and shoes every 10 minutes when on her bus.  There is an aide on the bus, but the shoes aren’t always put back on. What can I do about it?

Visual Recipes: A Way to Increase Participation in Cooking Classes
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I’m a Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) teacher and I have a student with special needs in my class of 20 general education students.  She’s not disruptive, but she also doesn’t participate very much.  How can I help her get more out of my cooking classes?

Classroom Photo Album
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I really don’t think the students in my Life Skills class know each other’s names. If they do, they certainly don’t use them! Any ideas on how to practice this besides constantly encouraging them to use names?

Positive Strategies for Picky Eaters
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My life is a nightmare of feeding problems with my son. He will only eat potato chips or peanut butter packaged crackers. I’m worried about his health. If I offer something else and tell him he must eat it or he’ll get sick I have to deal with a full fledged tantrum! What can I do to stop this behavior?

Toilet Training: Developing a Toileting Routine
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I know there must be a way to help my son with his toileting. It becomes so chaotic sometimes as he runs into the bathroom to use the toilet. He doesn’t seem to know what to do first. Do you have any ideas to help?

Toilet Training: Readiness Factors
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My daughter is 6 years old and is not toilet trained. There have been so many other issues that we have not gotten around to this. Now that she is getting older and bigger I’m thinking we should tackle toilet training. How do I know if she is ready?

Mini-Schedule: Getting Ready for Bed
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My daughter takes FOREVER to get ready for bed. She is so easily distracted. I have to keep repeating myself and I often end up helping her with things that I know she can do by herself. How can I help her stay focused and be more independent?

Easing the Move to a New Home with Visual Supports & Choice Making
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My son has autism and recently has be removed from his father’s house to go live with his grandmother. He may experience another change soon as I am hoping to get full custody of him.   In this case, he will move in with me. I realize this amount of change is difficult, and I would like some ideas to make his next move (hopefully with me) less stressful.   In addition, the move in with me would require a trip in a plane. How can I best prepare him for upcoming changes?

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