Autism Activity Boards

I want to discuss a little about Autism Activity Boards and how they assist us with daily task organization and Predictability for our children. I will say that organization is important for parents but predictability is the most important for children in my opinion. We have the following Activity Planners for different tasks and events:

The first item we started with was the Schedule Board Kit this item allowed us the ability to cover various areas of the home from one central location. We then expanded individual charts for dedicated areas such as bedroom, bathroom, dining room, kitchen, prepare for school, prepare to travel, daily overall events or Daily Chore Chart.


We have used pre-made boards as well as homemade versions. You can add your own personalized hand drawn pictures or photos to the pre-made Schedule Board Kit or devise your own customized version thereby, creating your child’s individual schedule. On our daily schedule we use a multi-row system so each child sees the task and completes it. They then move the picture card down to a completed row in the order completed. This we find builds predictability and also provides you the ability to check the progress of tasks.

Many of the therapist we work with call this method the Pyramid Approach to teaching. We find a schedule is critical for our children and they love that we can make the tasks personalized with their individual pictures. I hope this helps you and your family please let us know your comments and suggestions below.

Birthday Event #2, Autism Sensory Challenge

Today we are going to discuss a Birthday Party event we hosted for our Children for their Birthday and how we worked to accommodate Autism Sensory issues at the Roller Skating Rink.

This is the second large event we did for our children and was hosted at an Indoor Roller Skating Rink. If you read our previous post #1 about the Inflatable Jump House you can see why we intentionally broke the party into several phases or events (Listed Below):

1. Pre-Arrival Arrival Setup / Staff Briefing / Expectation Management

2. Guest Welcome

2. Registration (Parental Consent Forms, Gift Drop, Coat/Shoes Storage)

3. Skating Rink Orientation, Risk Briefing and safety device demonstration (Walk everyone through the events which will be done)(Demonstrate the roller skating beginner walkers)

4. First Skating Event – Play time (Approx 1 – 1-1/2 hours)

5. Second Event – Restroom Break / Hand Washing

6. Third Event – Birthday Party (Food Items), Cutting of the Birthday Cake, Presentation of gift bags for attendees

Critical Note: ** No gifts are opened at the event

7. Fourth Event – Restroom Break / Hand Washing

8. Departing of the guest

9. Cleanup and close of the account by the Host.

10. Remember to do you thank you notes and recognition cards as soon as possible.

The roller skating rink was a huge success and the children loved it as well as the parents. The chance for injury was greatly reduced by having the roller skating walkers for beginners. We made sure every child had a walker initially so that everyone felt, looked and operated the same. This was a great idea we learned from another family as children do get embarrassed if they cannot do an event with help. We were also able to rent the complete facility for a period of 3 hours to host the event. This was crucial as we could
get all the children into the facility and get them and parents settled, skate sizing completed before beginning the event. We ensured that various components of the facility was controllable and I will cover these topic areas we had to cover for our sensory population attending:

A. Lighting (Strobes and Blacklights) – This lighting issue is a show
stopper for about 70% of the folks who came to the facility for our
event. As we had the whole facility we were able to turn on regular
lighting and not have the other effects active such as the strobe
lights, black lights, and also the reduction of lighting (We had three participants who suffered from lack of light). This leads us directly
into our next concern.

B. Music – The usual loud music was able to be turned down to a level
comfortable for all the Children. The loud music was an issue for 90% of the folks who came to the facility for our event. As we could control the volume level it was very nice as we could have normal conversations among the children, parents and staff. We also played at least one favorite song that each child requested for. We obtained this information when we sent out the initial invites and received back as part of the RSVP process.

C. Staff / Parent / Oversight – As with every event the ratio of
Staff Members to Participants is key. During the total event we had four dedicated Staff Members to assist on the roller rink at any given time. The Staff member’s assisted as needed making it fun for the children. We worried about this as we still wanted kids to be able to be themselves, skate at their own pace and not feel rushed.

D. Party Area – Key Area of the event. We ensured that the Birthday
Party itself was conducted separately in a different area from the roller rink
portion of the event. Many of our event participants get very fixated on a certain event or schedule and wanted to go back to a previous activity. I do want to mention we also asked each parent to identify any food /
environmental or situational concerns that each family may have. We
requested and did get this information back from each family when we
sent out the invites. The information is received back as part of the
RSVP process.

I hope this Birthday Party event for tackling sensory issues is of assistance to you. We are currently working on our next post.

Autism Birthday Party – Sensory Event #1

Today we are going to discuss a Autism Birthday Party – Sensory Event we hosted for our Children for their Birthday and how we worked to accommodate Autism Sensory issues for our children and the attendees.

The first event we did was an Inflatable jump house. We intentionally broke the party into phases or events (Listed Below):

1. Welcome

2. Registration (Parental Consent Forms, Gift Drop, Coat/Shoes Storage)

3. Orientation (Walk everyone through the events which will be done)

4. First Event – Play time (Approx 1 – 1-1/2 hours)

5. Second Event – Restroom Break / Hand Washing

6. Third Event – Birthday Party (Food Items), Cutting of the Birthday Cake, Presentation of gift bags for attendees

Critical Note: ** No gifts are opened at the event

7. Fourth Event – Restroom Break / Hand Washing

8. Cleanup and close of the account by the Host.

9. Remember to do you thank you notes and recognition cards as soon as possible.

The inflatables jump houses are nice as the chance for injury was greatly reduced. We were also able to rent the complete facility for a period of 2-1/2 hours to host the event. This was crucial as we could get all the children into the facility and get them and parents settled before beginning the event. We ensured that various components of the facility was controllable and I will cover these topic areas we had to cover for our sensory population attending:

A. Lighting (Strobes and Blacklights) – This lighting issue is a show stopper for about 50% of the folks who came to the facility for our event. As we had the whole facility we were able to turn on regular lighting and not have the other effects active such as the strobe lights, black lights, and also the reduction of lighting (We had a participant who suffered from lack of light). This leads us directly into our next concern.

B. Music – The usual loud music was able to be turned down to a level comfortable for all the Children. This was very nice as normal conversations could occur among the parents and staff. We also played at least one favorite song that each child asked for. We did get this information when we sent out the invites and received back as part of the RSVP process.

C. Staff / Parent / Oversight – As with every event the ratio of Staff Members to Participants is key. During the total event we had three dedicated Staff Members to assist at each of the inflatable stations. This Staff member helped as needed making it fun for the children. We worried about this as we still wanted kids to be able to be themselves.

D. Party Area – Key Area of the event. We ensured that the Birthday Party itself was conducted separately in a different area from the play portion of the event. Many of our event participants get very fixated on a certain activity and wanted to go back to a previous event. I do want to mention we also asked each parent to identify any food / environmental or situational concerns that each family may have. We requested and did get this information back from each family when we sent out the invites. The information is received back as part of the RSVP process.

I hope this a Autism Birthday Party – Sensory Event we hosted for our Children for their Birthday and how we worked to accommodate Autism Sensory issues for our children and the attendees was of a benefit to you and your family. We truly understand that tackling sensory issues is hard when you are trying to ensure your family can enjoy the activities like other children. If you were able to learn from our experiences and this post was useful please leave us a comment. It is greatly appreciated. We are currently working on our next post.

Autism Sensory Processing

I wanted to discuss an issue we have been facing and our most recent solution. As a family we wanted to attend an event dealing with aircraft, large vehicles such as tractors, semi trucks and heavy equipment. My Son has a sensory issue with noise.

We had tried in the past corded ear plugs but he was not going to have anything to do with them as most versions we tried are built for adults. We tried some noise blocking ear phones and his ability to handle with extreme care is not there so the durability versus cost found us as parents aggravated. To make this more manageable we found that the Hearing protection we found in our links on the website were the best. Over the ear style earmuff have worked the best.

Initially we went with our low cost option and now we have moved up to an outdoor version which I will post as a link as well but these allow you to control the noise level by a volume button. These run off of a battery so you must be conscious of this if you are going to use them for a prolonged period of time. Bring extra batteries.

I know this is a key issue for us early on and I wanted to pass this tidbit along. Have a great day and talk with everyone soon.

Autism care as a journey

Welcome to our page. We are new so not much content yet. My family and I have two Special Needs Children. We have been on a roller coaster of trying to find reliable products and services for our children. We just like yourself have dealt with the infant, toddler and now school aged plateau.

I started this web blog to point folks in a positive path for products and services. My first idea is to get you to services that you can experience at home without leaving your home. We are going to expand our selections and areas as we continue to grow but I would ask you to please come to our page and assist us with our affiliates. Not all of our links are affiliate based some are Nonprofits in the Autism Spectrum Area and others are Shopping, Home Services, Cell Phones/Electronics and the like.

We will also continue to update our site on a continual basis but we need you to spread the word to assist us. Please let me know what services or products work for you and your family.