Autism: Connecting with Emotions

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Tips & Facts

  • Help your children learn how to identify and understand their own emotions. In doing so, you’ll be helping them to self-regulate and advocate for themselves. 

  • Children may regulate and process their emotions in different ways. Help your children identify techniques that work best for them.

  • Representation matters. Find tools that feature images that your children can relate to and connect with.

  • If your child is non vocal or struggles to communicate verbally, cards with images and/or words can help them express their feelings, needs, and wants.

  • Daily check-ins with your children about how they are feeling can provide you with valuable information about how they are doing.

  • Make your own well-being a priority and take intentional time out for yourself every day- even if just a few minutes!

  • Be mindful of your responses to your child’s emotions (and even your responses to your own emotions). Our kids are watching us and will often learn from and copy our actions and reactions.