The Big Idea: Setting up a comfortable space and doing activities that bring out each child’s strengths can create special times in helping a child with autism.
- Introduce the Provider Guide. Walk through the guide, giving an overview of its components:
- Tips for creating autism-friendly spaces and events
- Ideas for planning activities that help celebrate each child’s uniqueness and showcase each child’s strengths
- A tip sheet with suggestions for explaining autism to young children
- Templates for invitations, name tags, drawing activities, and a certificate of participation
- Break into groups. Invite providers to discuss challenges they have faced with the children they care for, and how they met them—or didn’t meet them. Share ideas for possible solutions.
- If there is time, brainstorm additional activities, community-event ideas, and other ways to create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere for families with and without autistic children. Discuss ways to encourage volunteers and wider community participation.