Play is a vehicle for growth, learning and development. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), play can be difficult. To help enhance and develop your child’s play experiences, here are some tips, benefits & strategies used to engage children with ASD.
Understanding the characteristics of play:
Play allows children to:
Parent tips/strategies to engage & enhance positive play experiences for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Most of all HAVE FUN!!!!
-Jacqueline M. DiJoseph, Teacher, Celebrate the Children
First, I would like to announce that my wife and I are expecting our second child this coming February! With this exciting news comes familiar feelings and questions we both experienced with our first child: Can we handle this? What will the expenses be? Who will this child end up growing up to be? Parents unwillingly and sometimes uncontrollably have pre-existing expectations for their child even before holding them for the first time in the hospital. We forecast who and what they will be, almost like how a coach game plans for a sporting event even before the first play has occurred. However, in life as in sporting events, things can change in a blink of an eye that sets our voyage on a completely different course.
As I was navigating through social media a few months ago, I came upon a video by a man named Jason Hague. Jason is a pastor, writer, and blogger who has a busy life full of many of the same things we keep busy with as well. He also has a son with Autism. In his video, Jason reads a poem to his son which gives a glimpse into the inner world of their relationship. Without going into the whole video, the most important aspect to take away is something we should all share as parents with children, whether typical or on the spectrum; they are works of creation that we need to show unconditional love and acceptance. Please visit jasonhague.com and watch “A Reflection of Aching Joy” (A poem for Jack).
-Joe DeVore, Teacher, Celebrate the Children
October is National Physical Therapy Month and as a profession we are celebrating the change of seasons and establishing new habits. As we “Move Forward” we encourage everyone to create their own playlist to staying healthy. Small changes make a big difference.
Here is our short playlist:
1). Choose water as a drink- Eight, 8 ounce glasses of water is the recommended daily amount.
2). Eat more fruits and vegetables- The USDA recommends 1-2 cups a day.
3). Pick Healthy snacks- choose a granola bar instead of a candy bar, choose air popped popcorn instead of buttered, choose yogurt instead of pudding.
4). Turn off the Electronic devices- The average 8 year old is on a screen for 8 hours a day exceeding the American Pediatric Associations recommended 2 hours a day.
5). Be more physically active- 60 minutes of physical activity is recommended per day.
-Physical Therapy Department, Celebrate the Children
Congratulations CTC graduate, Alec!
The Boggs Center at Rutgers University is delighted to welcome Alec to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2016-2017! An overwhelming number of strong candidates applied to the program, and his application was considered outstanding. Together with the other accepted participants, he will learn from nationally-known experts, develop the knowledge and skills needed for effective advocacy, and gain valuable leadership experience. Way to go Alec!
Ten years ago I had the privilege of being the principal at Celebrate the Children. We were still at Byram and Linden and the school was just starting to really grow. After leaving for 6 years to have my children, I returned to CTC as a supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. I will never forget the first time I came to the Denville campus and saw the brand new school. What a difference from where the school first started. The school was so much bigger with a lot more students. Monica and Lauren took me on a tour and I was amazed! All of Monica and Lauren's ideas had finally come true. Though the building changed and the students changed (some were just little 3 years old when I left) the philosophy of CTC was still very evident. Celebrate the Children believes in their students and cares about each and every one of them. I loved working here ten years ago and I feel the same today. At the end of last year, I once again became the principal of CTC and I am honored to be in this position. Celebrate the Children is an amazing place to work with an incredibly hard working staff that come in each day ready to make a difference in a child's life.
-Trinka Sullivan, Principal, Celebrate the Children
Contributions to this blog are made by Celebrate the Children's highly talented, interdisciplinary team and wonderful families.