Parties and celebrations can be highly challenging for children and teens on the autism spectrum and they can often feel reluctant to participate. This book shows that if parties embrace the differences intrinsic to autism, and are planned carefully, they can be inclusive events enjoyed by all. Drawing on personal experience with her son, the author highlights aspects of conventional parties that can heighten the anxieties of those on the spectrum and outlines practical solutions to these issues. The books cover considerations for party invitations, prizes, food and venues and includes chapters suggesting activities for age groups 2-8, 9-12 and teenagers. This book will empower parents and caregivers to plan stress-free parties with ease, enabling those on the autism spectrum to develop social skills and self-confidence - and most importantly, have fun!
Acknowledgements.; Introduction.; 1. Difficult Aspects of Conventional Parties.; 2. Home Versus Public Venues.; 3. Using Party Invitations as Visual Aids.; 4. Examples of Party Plans.; 5. Considering Sensory Issues and Developmental Level at Parties.; 6. Challenging Aspects of Party Food.; 7. Party Bags, Favours and Prizes.; 8. Party Activities for 2-8 Year Old Children with ASD.; 9. Party Activities for 9-12 Year Old Children with ASD.; 10. Parties for Teenagers with ASD.; 11. What to do When Things Go Wrong.; 12. Conclusions, Further Advice and Support.; Appendix 1. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders.; Appendix 2. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).; Appendix 3. Makaton.; Appendix 4. Visual Cues.; Appendix 5. Social Stories.; References.