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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Jun 17, 2021

Episode 94: Building Independence in Your Children With Special Needs With Dr. Sarah Allen

In this episode, we discuss developing and promoting independent skill building in children with special needs. Guest Dr. Sarah Levin Allen, AKA The Brain Gal, discusses ways to minimize anxiety in children with autism. She also provides tips for how to help kids cope with changes within the family. For independence, remember to teach the skill. Don’t just rely on sticker charts. Things don’t always come as naturally to children with special needs. Break down the parts to the skills and help the kids to understand what they are doing. Use reflective questioning. She discusses areas to work on the most and ways to get around challenges. She discusses ways to build self-advocacy in young children. We converse about aiding children in coping with divorce and explaining dating and blending families to children with special needs.


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