Resources for Parents
This website has interactive games for children on the autism spectrum, but it they are also suitable for children with a variety of special needs and younger children. The games target areas such as life skills, cognitive flexibility, eye contact, emotion recognition, and pattern recognition.
Social stories can help children with special needs understand situations that may be confusing, upsetting, or simply outside of their everyday routine. This printable social story can be read daily to help the special needs child understand this situation.
These printable communication boards can allow children with special needs to communicate their needs more effectively and participate in back-and-forth conversations. Students may communicate by pointing to a pictogram. Here are a few communication boards about a variety of topics.
This website includes some mindfulness exercises parents can do with their children and provides other useful information to parents.
This website includes articles, exercises, games and videos that inform parents about mindfulness and guides them on how they can implement these exercises at home.
Online stress buster sessions every morning.
Here are some assorted online Jeopardy games that cover concepts such as numbers, sight words, feelings, safety and hygiene. As a bonus, the format of these games allows students to practice turn taking and number identification. (“I’ll take colors for 300, Alex!”)
Cooking With Your Child
Being at home affords your child a great opportunity to practice valuable life skills such as cooking. Here are some printable visual recipes for children with special needs from accessiblechef.com