Party Planning for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum book is written by Kate Reynolds, who has a son on the Autism spectrum. This book provides practical solutions for party planning for our children. Many children on the spectrum have sensory difficulties that make attending parties very difficult. Add that to the social and cognitive difficulties and party planning becomes an uphill task. In this book, Kate demonstrated that hosting a party can be a pleasant experience for everyone if differences intrinsic to Autism are embraced and individual sensory profiles of children are accommodated.
In the first five chapters, the author delves in depth into difficult aspects of conventional parties, pros and cons of holding a party at home vs public venues, considering sensory issues and developmental levels at parties as well as some interesting and useful ideas as using party invitations as visual aids that lays out the party plans for our children so that they are informed in advance how the party will proceed and can choose to step away if certain parts become overwhelming.
The sixth chapter is about the challenging aspects of party food and how to take into consideration the special diets. The next chapter delves into party bags, favours and prizes and provides many suggestions for the same.
The next three chapters discuss in detail the party activities for 2 to 8 year-olds, 9 to 12 year-olds and teenagers in separate chapters and includes numerous party games and activity suggestions. The last chapters provide input on how deal when things go wrong in parties like meltdowns, aggressions and unexpected changes in the party schedule.
All in all a good book that can help parents and caregivers plan a party that is enjoyable for the ASD guests! If you are comfortable with purchasing an used book, consider it as it costs relatively less on Amazon India
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