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3 ways to calm down in intense situations at home.

One time I locked myself in the bathroom. Audric was on the other side. He had consistent behavioral issues then and I needed space to regroup. He banged and banged. It wasn’t 20 seconds when I heard a yelp. I opened the door. His hand was bleeding. Ouch! A dog bite. She was fine, and Audric recovered. Since then, finding ways to calm down in the same room is important. He went through a...

How to chunk tasks at home with greater ease ⏩

I love creating and crafting activities that are doable and functional. Chunking is breaking down a task into smaller parts. It’s like eating food. You take spoonfuls at a time. Each chunk is a spoonful, and you take breaks in between. Chunking tasks help me with follow through and consistency. I don’t get overwhelmed with chunks of tasks like I would the whole task every time. Giving...

How to use real pictures to support communication.

I love photo journaling and special needs photography. Using real pictures of your child supports communication. And I love that the pictures are unique to you only. There are so many functional ways to use real pictures. Hang them as art. Turn them into communication boards, visual schedules, social stories, coffee table albums. You name it. Real pictures paired with sign language has helped our...

How to make activities that are developmentally appropriate.

It’s the norm to assume that age and development go together. But what if you’re 13, and developmentally, you’re reading and writing at the pre-k level? It’s hard for people to understand. People expect a 13 year old to speak, behave, and do 13 year old things. Reading chapter books and figuring out math theories like absolute zero. Audric is 13 and developmentally way...

What’s functional academics and two math lessons to help you get started at home.

What is functional academics? Functional academics is when you introduce a concept by doing something to represent it. For example, learning to count (math). In general we use visuals like a number line or write the numbers on paper, 1-10.  We point and memorize the numbers. We do activities like build sets, match numbers, and sort them in ascending order. A better way for Audric and the...

How to develop and practice yes/no questions using facts.

When it comes to facts, the information is true or false. Correct or incorrect. Right or wrong. Is it sunny today? That’s a fact based question. Do you like sunny days? This is a preference based question. It’s personal and subjective. Audric understands familiar preference based questions. He struggles with fact based yes and no. I crafted an activity to help develop understanding of...

A strategy to help you and your child when you’re waiting (for anything).

Do you like waiting? I don’t. Yet it’s this thing we all have to do. And some people never get better about it. I get cranky if I’m stuck in traffic, in a long line at the grocery store, or when the drive-thru is especially slow. Audric didn’t understand the concept of waiting. Waiting with him anywhere made me super anxious and tense. We’d lose our place in line or...

2 minutes (or less), stress reducing techniques for you and your child.

Life is stressful. Period. And when I’m feeling stuck or overwhelmed, I try one of these stress reducing techniques to feel better. You can never have enough resources to feel less stressed. And for me, what works for me today, might not work tomorrow. But something else will. So here are some ways to practice stress reducing alone and with your child. Hand over heart. Put your hand (left...

Tips on how to create a simple grocery list with visuals.

The goal in crafting material is to keep it simple! And that’s not easy. I like to think I start simple, but I get lost in a bunch of different ways I can make the activity more this or that. I remind myself I’m working on a specific skill or activity or task, and that usually brings me back to keeping it simple. When we go to the grocery store, Audric’s responsibility now is to...

About activities from Crafted by Amy, and a sample, 🔴 👀.

Crafting activities started from a desire to help Audric I started crafting activities for Audric when he was about 3. First, they were academic and age appropriate activities. Like matching colors, counting, and pointing to letters. The goal of the activities were meant to catch him up. Finding appropriate activities frustrated both of us. The pictures were too busy, too many words on a page...