Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Avoid Meltdowns and Have Fun!

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012 - Psychology - 160 pages
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Parties and celebrations can be highly challenging for children and teens on the autism spectrum and they can often feel reluctant to participate. This book shows that if parties embrace the differences intrinsic to autism, and are planned carefully, they can be inclusive events enjoyed by all.

Drawing on personal experience with her son, the author highlights aspects of conventional parties that can heighten the anxieties of those on the spectrum and outlines practical solutions to these issues. The book covers considerations for party invitations, prizes, food and venues and includes chapters suggesting activities for age groups 2-8, 9-12 and teenagers.

This book will empower parents and caregivers to plan stress-free parties with ease, enabling those on the autism spectrum to develop social skills and self-confidence – and most importantly, have fun!

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
13
Chapter 1 Difficult Aspects of Conventional Parties
24
Chapter 2 Home Versus Public Venues
35
Chapter 3 Using Party Invitations as Visual Aids
46
Chapter 4 Party Plans
49
Chapter 5 Considering Sensory Issues and Developmental Level at Parties
57
Chapter 6 Challenging Aspects of Party Food
65
Chapter 9 Party Activities for 912YearOlds
106
Chapter 10 Parties for Teenagers
119
Chapter 11 What to Do When Things Go Wrong
132
Chapter 12 Conclusions Further Advice and Support
144
Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
147
Communication Methods
150
References
153
Index
156

Chapter 7 Party Bags Favours and Prizes
73
Chapter 8 Party Activities for 28YearOlds
81

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About the author (2012)

Kate E. Reynolds worked for 18 years in various locations in the UK for the National Health Service, and worked in HIV/Aids and sexual health for 7 years with the NHS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Senior Counsellor, which involved training other staff. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism disorder in 2005 and she is passionate about supporting parents and caregivers with practical information about autism spectrum disorders. She has returned to the University of Bristol to do her MSc in Disability Studies, with a view to extending her original research in future. Kate lives in Wiltshire, UK, with her two children, Francesca and Jude.

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