James Ball and Kristie Brown-Lofland have written the book every professional needs to read now. Autism After the Pandemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successfully Transition Back to School and Work was written for you, for this year in history. In the foreword, Temple Grandin writes, “The first tip in Autism After the Pandemic is, ‘no surprises.’ Surprises scare people with autism.” Excellent advice, and the book goes on, filled with practical suggestions about:

  • Schedules: They’re more important now than ever before.
  • Social Narratives: Create unique narratives to help your child with their personal frustrations.
  • Video Modeling: If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million.
  • Repetition: When it comes to autism, familiarity breeds comfort.
  • Safe Place / Person in School or Work: Safety first.
  • Chaining: How to link a series of behaviors to make up a complex skill.
  • Video Meeting with Staff: Seeing new people on video before the first day reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Reinforcement/Motivation System: Help them get motivated to learn in school or at work rather than at home.
  • Establish Routines in Advance: Simulate a Typical Day. Get them ready with smooth transitions.
  • Anticipate Their Sensory Needs and Be Prepared: Check out the Parent Checklist.

This is a short book and an easy read, but it is jam-packed with practical solutions for supporting our autistic kids and adults as they transition from quarantining at home to getting back into school or the workplace.

Buy this book now. You’ll be glad you did.

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