Let’s Talk About Autism Part 2 (Episode 5)

In Part 1 of our series on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cynthia and Bethany discussed what it might look like when someone has autism, and what the criteria are for someone to get diagnosed with ASD. Please be sure to listen to part 1 before listening to this episode.

In Part 2, they continue their discussion by looking at some things that can be put in place to help people with autism. They can also be helpful for people who do not have an Autism diagnosis.

Many of these strategies will be useful for kids with or without a diagnosis.

Some of the things they talk about are:

  • Using pictures to communicate
  • Visual schedules and routines
  • Sensory-safe spaces
  • How the being on the land can help


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