AARC Tip of the Month - November 2016
Tips for the Holidays
Tips for the holidays:
  1. Preparation is crucial for many individuals.
  2. Decorations around the house may be disruptive and overstimulating for some; if a person with autism has difficulty with change, you may want to gradually decorate your house.
  3. If a person with autism begins to obsess about a particular gift or item, it may be helpful to be specific and direct about the number of times they can mention the gift.
  4. Teach them how to leave a situation and/or how to access support when an event becomes overwhelming.
  5. If you are traveling for the holidays, make sure you have their favorite foods, books, or toys available.
  6. Be aware of how much noise and activity your loved one with autism can tolerate.
  7. In advance, prepare a photo album of the relatives and other guests who will be visiting during the holidays.
  8. Practice opening gifts: taking turns, waiting for others, and giving gifts. Role-play scenarios in preparation for him/her getting a gift they do not want.
  9. If the person with autism is on a special diet, make sure their is food available to eat.
The Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (GCDSE) is conducting their annual survey. Your feedback helps the Council carry out its mission (creating change that improves the lives of people with disabilities).

This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. 

Responses are requested by Monday, November 21 at 5 pm AKST.

If you are unable to complete the survey online and would prefer a hard copy, need assistance completing it, or have questions about the survey or any of the Council's activities, please call the Council toll-free (within Alaska) at  1-888-269-8990, in Anchorage at 269-8990 or email  lanny.mommsen@alaska.gov
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the SESA Library. You may search the library on the  SESA website, or you may contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907 . 334 . 1301 

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For easy searching on the SESA Library site, we've added the ISBN number. Simply copy, paste, and search!
Autism and PDD Toys and entertainment
Autism & PDD Concept Development: Toys and entertainment
By: Pam Britton Reese, Nena C. Challener.
LinguiSystems, 2001.
ISBN:  076060391X

Description: "Children with ASD and developmental disabilities can visualize the essential features and attributes of toys and entertainment items with these illustrated, step-by-step lessons."--Publisher's website.
The Everything Parents Guide to Children with Autism: Know what to expect, find the help you need, and get through the day
By: Adelle Jameson Tilton
Adams Media, 2004.

Description: This book includes a chapter on dealing with holidays, religious services, and vacations.
Mark social learning stick
Make Social Learning Stick!: How to guide and nurture social competence through everyday routines and activities
By: Elizabeth A. Sautter.
AAPC Publishing, 2014.

A series of activities parents can easily fit into everyday routines as a way to help children gain and improve social competence. Arranged around three major themes: at home, in the community, and holidays and special events.--Publisher.
mister rogers parenting book
The Mister Rogers Parenting Book: Helping to understand your young child
By: Fred Rogers
Running Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780762413454

Description: Discusses the concerns of contemporary parents, including mealtime behavior, television rules, making friends, divorce, and tragic events in the news.
Raising Martians: From crash-landing to leaving home, how to help a child with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism
By: Joshua Muggleton
Jessica Kingsley, 2012.

Description: Provides tips and guidance for parents of children with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism, based on the author's personal experiences with Asperger syndrome, and covering friendships and social situations; holidays; anxiety; sensory issues; school; bullying; and related topics.
Tasks galore
Tasks Galore Series
Laurie Eckenrode [and others]
Tasks Galore. 

Description: This series of books has photographs of set-up activities for individuals or groups. There are a lot of creative ideas and they may be helpful in keeping kids engaged over the winter break.
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