Our ability to cope and overcome difficult situations builds the foundation for us to be resilient. We can foster that same resiliency in our children and loved ones with autism by intentionally identifying times of day to practice and develop coping skills.
Last week, during our
What We Know Works
Webinar Series, we introduced strategies that can be used every day to intentionally create learning opportunities that already exist within your daily routines. By taking advantage of these naturally occurring learning opportunities, you are able to further develop skills that are critical for your child to experience success. One of the areas we highlighted was coping skills.
Coping skills are strategies that individuals use to safely, effectively, and diplomatically, cope with, tolerate, and accommodate adversity in situations that are in their overall best interest (Ala’i-Rosales et al., 2018). Teaching these skills is a process that is individualized to a person’s unique preferences, motivations, and skill level. These skills are also influenced by the type of task or demands being placed on the
individual. What strategies a person uses to cope can vary across environments and be anything from taking deep breaths, engaging in a movement break, or listening to music.
If you were unable to attend the live webinar, you can access the
recorded presentation on our website
, as well as the
Everyday Strategies Companion Worksheet.
Both resources can be accessed and downloaded from our website by following this link:
, and provide more information on how to get started teaching coping skills.