Laura Bennion

August 1, 2017
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Executive Functioning Games

Students on the autism spectrum typically have some deficits in Executive Functioning. Let’s be honest, we all have deficits and can improve in various areas. Executive Functioning skills include flexibility, memory, self-monitoring, problem solving, organization, initiation, planning, execution, inhibition and emotional regulation. The good news is these skills can be learned and improved through practice. Problem solving, flexibility and memory can all be practiced through playing games. Card games and board games are a fun way to practice these skills. Ten games for practicing these skills are: Fluxx- A card game for three or more players where the rules and […]
February 8, 2017
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Encouraging Students with Autism to Try New Things

Anxiety and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often go hand in hand. Individuals on the autism spectrum can experience significant anxiety when it comes to trying new things. As a recreation therapist for more than 15 years, I’ve seen anxiety when students branch out and try new experiences ranging from wood carving to acting on stage to sports and/or outdoor recreational activity. Here are four tips I have found to be helpful for decreasing anxiety for students on the autism spectrum given any level of new activity. MENTALLY PREPARE: Talk with your son or daughter about what they are going to […]
April 21, 2016
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It’s About Time! 10 Ways You Can Develop A Relationship With Your Teen.

Life is busy! There is not enough time in the day to do everything that we want and need to do.  Trying to strengthen your relationship with your teen may be something you want to do but you just don’t feel you have the time for.  What if you made a paradigm shift that allowed you to look at every experience with your teen as an opportunity to build trust and strengthen that relationship? This new view would make even the simple things become valuable opportunities.   You can use the time you do have in the best way possible. Here […]

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