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Why is it Important to Assess Key Events in a Child’s Life?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects communication, behaviour, and social interactions. Each child with ASD experiences unique challenges, particularly during key transitions like moving to a new school. This FAQ table highlights common issues and provides solutions to help parents and caregivers support their children through these milestones.

Early Childhood (Ages 3-5)

No.IssueSolution
1Difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communicationIntroduce visual aids and use simple, clear language.
2Challenges in forming peer relationshipsArrange playdates with small, familiar groups.
3Resistance to changes in routineCreate a visual schedule and prepare for transitions in advance.

Primary School (Ages 6-11)

No.IssueSolution
4Struggle with academic expectationsProvide tailored learning plans and use assistive technology.
5Difficulty understanding social cuesImplement social skills training and role-playing exercises.
6Intense interest in specific topicsIntegrate interests into learning activities to keep engaged.

Transition to Secondary School (Ages 12-14)

No.IssueSolution
7Overwhelmed by the larger school environmentArrange pre-term visits to the new school for familiarisation.
8Increased social dynamics and peer pressureSet up peer support groups and a buddy system.
9Higher academic workloadTeach time management skills and use visual planners.

Adolescence (Ages 15-18)

No.IssueSolution
10Managing independenceGradually introduce life skills training and self-advocacy.
11Preparing for post-secondary education or workProvide career counselling and explore internship opportunities.
12Navigating complex social relationshipsContinue social skills training and offer counselling support.

Key Event: Moving to a New School

No.IssueSolution
13Anxiety about new routines and environmentsFamiliarise yourself with the new school layout and staff before the term starts.
14Familiarise yourself with the new school layout and staff before the term starts.Develop a personalised daily schedule and stick to it.
15Need for clear communication with teachers and staffSchedule regular meetings with teachers and a designated support person.

Key Event: Changes in Family Dynamics (e.g., Divorce, New Sibling)

No.IssueSolution
16Emotional distress from changesOffer emotional support through counselling and open communication.
17Adjusting to new family routinesMaintain as much consistency as possible and use visual schedules.
18Understanding and expressing feelingsTeach emotion recognition and coping strategies.

Additional Considerations

No.IssueSolution
19Sensory sensitivitiesCreate a sensory-friendly environment and use calming tools.
20Difficulty with transitions between activitiesProvide clear warnings before transitions and use transition aids.

Conclusion

Supporting children with ASD through various life transitions requires understanding their unique needs and implementing structured, personalised strategies. At Harley’s Mind Care, we are committed to helping each child thrive through comprehensive support and tailored solutions.