April is Autism Awareness Month and there are always many initiatives occurring to raise awareness. Along with the initiative amazing resources are available on the topic of Autism. Autism Speaks.org is one organization that provides information on ASD including free Tool Kits for families and stakeholders. Among their free Tool Kits are several guides on self-care skills and strategies. The kits provide practical information, visual communication materials, step by step visuals of the self care task, resources and video modeling of the task. Here are just a few of their Tool Kits that feature self-care tasks:
Tips for Successful Hair Cuts Training Guide
Parents Guide to Toilet Training in Autism
ATN/AIR-P Sleep Tool Kit for Teens and Young Children
Dental Tool Kit – Offers suggestions for dental care and dentist office visits including visual communication checklists. Information is also provided for Dental Professionals to help understand the unique needs of individuals with ASD. Numerous other resources are also available at this link on the subject.
My Healthy Smile (iOS; 1.99) is an app that teaches oral health and eases anxiety recommended on the website. Recommendations of electronic books on the subject of dental care, such as Sam the Sugar Bug (Android free; iOS free ) are also available.
Autism Speaks.org provides many other Tool Kit topics that are well worth checking out as resources to share with families and others supporting individuals with ASD.
More for your OT Tool Kit and Autism Awareness Month.