Posts Tagged ‘transition’

Preparing Children with ASD for New Siblings

Introducing a new baby is a wonderful, joyous time for a family. When preparing children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a new sibling, your approach may need to begin long before the new baby arrives. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5),...

Supporting Siblings is a Family Affair: Thoughts From an Insider to Help Guide the Conversation for Best Outcome

The impact of having a child with a disability extends far beyond that individual and impacts the parents and siblings over the course of the family’s lifetime (Harris & Glasberg, 2003: Powell & Ogle, 1985). Developmental disabilities are certainly not universal in how they impact the...

Thriving During COVID-19: Transitioning to Virtual Programming for Individuals with Disabilities

In this ever-changing health crisis, the world has been altered. Our daily patterns have been changed and the ways in which we connect with and support others has shifted. For those with a disability, maintaining a sense of community and human connection is more important than ever. Organizations...

Supporting Young Women with ASD Through Transition Services, Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Over the next decade, approximately half a million young people on the autism spectrum will transition to adulthood (Demer, 2018). When they turn 21, they must leave behind the programming and funding that has supported them throughout their lives, with many families not knowing what to do next....

The Journey to Self-Determination

[caption id="attachment_1493" align="alignright" width="301"] Figure 1.1 Continuum of Growth[/caption] The journey to adulthood can be daunting and overwhelming for anyone, especially for young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As parents, friends, professionals, and members of the...

Promoting Community Engagement and Social Connections Through Employment and Volunteering

Most parents, at some point, grapple with worry over how their child will fair. Will they be happy? Will they find meaningful connections? Will they find their passion? This is particularly true for parents of children with autism. Added to typical concerns, like “is my adult child eating their...

Transitioning Back Home from a Residential Treatment Facility

Enlisting the help of a residential treatment facility can often be the most difficult decision parents of children with autism face, particularly if that treatment center is far from home. Parents who have likely had little to no separation from their child throughout the daily caregiving process...

There are No IEPs in College: Succeeding with Accommodations

For many students, college is a series of firsts. With independence comes responsibility for many things they previously had assistance with. These firsts are challenging for many, however students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face additional, unique challenges —significant impairments in...

Gift from Massachusetts Family Will Support Students with Diverse Learning Challenges

Lesley University’s Threshold Program has received a philanthropic gift of $1 million from donors Chris Gaffney and Karen Kames, of Newton, Massachusetts, which will provide scholarships for students and fund a new staff member in the Threshold Alumni Center. Their daughter, Olivia, is a...

Transition to Adulthood: Many Difficult yet Essential Challenges for Autistics

As a group, autistics are well-known for having difficulty with many kinds of changes in their lives. The transition to adulthood constitutes one of the most difficult and, at the same time, one of the most important that most people ever make. For autistics, then, this transition usually presents...