When - May 8th
Time - 4:30 to 7:30
Do you have a child that has a hard time following directions or rules? Does your child sometimes exhibit unsafe behavior? Do you want to better understand human behavior, and how to properly motivate and encourage your child? Then Safety Care for Families may be for you!
QBS has developed Safety-Care for Families, a training program that allows professionals to support family members in a home or home-like setting. This innovative course provides parents and others at 18 and up with the skills interventions needed to improve behavior and to prevent, minimize, and manage potentially dangerous incidents.
The Safety-Care for Families curriculum consists of four sessions, attendance to all 4 sessions are not required. Families may pick to attend essentials 1 or complete the entire series! Essential skills are presented in a lecture format while advances skills are training in a small group for individualized instruction. To participate in any session, a participant must have attended each of the earlier ones.
The training will cover the following:
Part 1 – 2 ½ hours
Part 2 – 2 ½ hours
Part 1 – 2 ½ hours
Part 2 – 2 ½ hours
The Flutie Safe and Secure Program
1. What do you get? You receive SafetyNet Bracelets which include a Transmitter Bracelet, Tester, 6 Month Supply of Batteries and Straps. This is a $499 dollar value!
2. What is this program? This is the Flutie Family Safe and Secure Program which is a partnership between the Flutie Foundation and SafetyNet Tracking Systems. This partnership attempts to assists those on the Autism Spectrum who have the tendency to wander or exhibit bolting behaviors.
3. Who is eligible? Select New England States offer this opportunity to caregivers of individuals on the ASD Spectrum who have a tendency to walk away or wander. These particular families cannot afford to pay for assistive technology.
4. How does it work? The client wears a safety net bracelet around their wrist that emits radio frequency signals. These signals are tracked by local public safety officials via their SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers.
5. Are these public officials trained? The authorities in each area of coverage are trained on how to find lost people using the SafetyNet Tracking Systems Equipment and also on how to adequately communicate with people on the ASD spectrum.
6. What actually happens when the wandering occurs? You contact the authorities right away. The trained rescue personnel will track the radio frequency signal being emitted from the client’s bracelet. These personnel also are provided with key client information such as physical description, medical condition, or de-escalation techniques which can help in the search and rescue operation. Once your loved one is located, they will be able to be returned home safely.
7. How often does the battery need changing and how reliable is this bracelet? Once every 6 months the battery will need to be changed and can be done by local authorities. The tracking system works in buildings, densely wooded areas, and even shallow waters. The bracelet would even work in areas where cell phone coverage would be limited, such as a parking garage.
8. Why should I do it? Peace of mind. These bracelets increase the chance that your child or loved one will be found quickly and returned home safely.
To learn how to apply for a SafetyNet Bracelet through our Safe and Secure program, please email Lisa Collins at email@example.com
See How SafetyNet Tracking Systems Works
Does serving pizza, processed foods, or chips every day for lunch and dinner sound familiar? Meal time can be an important part of the day for families to talk to each other, relax, and bond. These are the perfect times for modeling proper manners and setting an example of healthy eating. Furthermore, research shows that children who eat dinner with families have a lower chance of engaging in high risk behaviors later on in life. It can be a difficult and anxious time for a child with autism which can create a stressful situation for parents.
When it comes to your child on the spectrum, making sure they get the right nutrition can be a battle. This can be very frustrating for parents and can sometimes leading to giving up or “giving in” and feeding the child only what they prefer. Think back to when you were a kid, did you enjoy eating fruits and vegetables? Most likely your answer is no. One important aspect of this for parents to understand is that this is not your fault, you did not create this problem. In certain cases, this can be very dangerous for the child’s wellbeing. Melissa Olive Ph.D., a psychologist with experience treating eating disorders, says “some of them limit what they eat, in some instances so severely that it results in nutritional deficiencies that lead to weight loss, malnutrition and inadequate growth”.
In the journal article: Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Typically Developing Children, the study concluded that food selectivity is more common in children with autism than in typically developing children, and limited diet may be associated with nutrient inadequacies. The article states that “children with ASDs exhibited more food refusal than typically developing children. A more limited food repertoire was reported for children with ASDs than typically developing children. Only four children with ASDs and one typically developing child were reported to demonstrate high frequency single food intake. Children with a more limited food repertoire had inadequate intakes of a greater number of nutrients”.
Often times a child’s diet will be diverse until one day they begin to be much pickier and only want to eat a few preferred foods. These foods tend to be unhealthy. This can be related to many different factors. The following is a list of some but not all of the possible reasons:
What Methods Have Professionals Used?
In their book Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Childs Diet Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet, Cheri Fraker, Mark Fishbein MD, Sibyl Cox, and Laura Walbert offer a “common sense approach to dealing with problem eaters”. The authors analyze the different characteristics of the child’s preferred food. These characteristics include textures, flavors, and food groups. The foods that are similar to preferred foods but are also nutritious are then introduced.
An additional approach is the the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding program created by Dr. Kay Toomey. This program “integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. It is based on the normal developmental steps and skills of feeding”.
Having ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) sessions within your home, we strive to help blend in with the environment and respect your home as much as possible. There are a few helpful ideas that can greatly increase the success of your child’s session and overall treatment.
1. Write down what is in your child’s daily routine. Think about what they like, need, and will surely ask for while away from home. You may not be able to get their favorite food or drink where you are going, so hit the local stores and pack these items. It may help to make a daily schedule while away which includes the time to enjoy some of these items in order to not stray too far from the routine. Think about including “snack breaks”.
2. As a safety precaution, make or order your child an ID tag for them to either carry on them or wear that includes a recent photo, contact phone number of the family, and an indication that your child has autism and may not be able to communicate similarly to the person who finds them. You can also do this with an ID card for older children who are able to carry it on them in a wallet. Some other important information to include are allergies, medications, and if the child is nonverbal.
3. Find or prepare a social story about vacations and traveling. Include possible situations that may occur to make the child feel more comfortable about the adventure that lies ahead. These may include eating at a restaurant or waiting in line (especially for Disney vacations as the lines tend to be long). This can include role-playing by the family and will help with transitions.
4. Going to a new place will include seeing new sights, hearing new sounds, and most likely experiencing new tastes. This may become extremely overwhelming. Make sure your child can access at all times to their favorite coping mechanisms. These may include a tablet, favorite stuffed animal, favorite toy, headphones, or anything that helps to calm them. OH! And be sure to load tons of videos and games onto any electronic device before leaving. Wi-Fi is not always available in flight.
5. Contact the airline and let them know you will be pre-boarding to allow your child a chance to get used to the airplane before others join. Make them aware of the situation and they will help accommodate you to make sure the child is comfortable. Airlines are required to make these accommodations, including having your child board first.
6. Use what is reinforcing and what the child is passionate about on the vacation to boost interest. If the child is into dinosaurs and animals, think about possible trips to the zoo or museums. If they like automobiles, find a city tour on a bus or a trolley. Let their passions guide certain parts of the vacation!
7. Bring your camera and be sure to TAKE TONS OF PHOTOS! Vacations are the perfect time to create family memories that will last forever. Capture as many of these moments as possible! Afterwards when it is time to leave on the next vacation, show these photos to your child and remind them of all the fun that was had. Photos from past experiences could possibly be very reinforcing and relieve any anxiety that they may have about future trips!
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