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Autism Spectrum Disorder

7 Tips for Including Kids with Autism in Family Events*

If you're the parent of an autistic child who struggles to find a way to attend family events without negative comments, criticism, rolled eyes or bad advice, you're not alone. Fortunately, it's not hard to understand why autism might make some family members uncomfortable, and it's even easier to plan your family get-togethers in such a way that you, your child, and your extended family members can all enjoy the experience.

*Note: This article has many helpful tips, although the author does not consistently use people-first language.

Community Connections Newsletter

Formerly known as The Outreach, Community Connections is a quarterly newsletter that assists South Dakotans with disabilities, families and professionals in finding resources, news and upcoming events in their communities.

Going out to Eat

Going out to eat at a restaurant can be difficult for any family, but especially for families of individuals with autism. This page was designed to provide you with tips and resources to help make dining out a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone!

Going to a Movie

Are you taking your child with autism to the movies? Read this article for 5 tips from a mom who's been there.

Social Story for Going to a Movie

Grocery Shopping Intervention for Kids with Autism

The purpose of these trips is not to check things off your list, the purpose is to have a positive experience with your child at the grocery store.  They need to know what it feels like to be successful.  Obviously, there are days that you need to get your groceries, these are not the trips I'm talking about right now.   These are the planned teaching trips to the store.

Additional Tips for the Grocery Store

weConnect Electronic Newsletter

weConnect is a FREE semi-monthly electronic newsletter from South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC). It provides timely information on topics of interest to families of children with special health care needs, and has notices about upcoming conferences and learning opportunities for families and professionals working with families.

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