Ready Your Class: Daycare

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In talking with local organizations and providers, a common thread has emerged. There are a lot of questions about how to setup their daycare centers and preschool classrooms to better serve autistic children or those with sensory needs and concerns.

At first, I was thinking of doing one blog post to cover this topic, but I quickly discovered as I wrote that each possible inclusion could be an entire blog post on its own. So, since I haven’t done a blog series in quite awhile, I felt that this would be an excellent time to do a new one called Ready Your Class. While this series is aimed at providers, parents can also use this to help them identify certain traits within a daycare or preschool that can make their child’s days much smoother.

The main areas of interest that I will be focusing on through the posts are: Visual aids, sensory needs, environmental factors, and staff. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I think these main areas go a long way in making daycare/preschool days less stressful for kids and adults alike.

The first post, Visual Aids, will go out this week on this site, LinkedIn, and the SPARC Facebook page. I look forward to giving providers some ideas for new tools and setups in their classrooms!

When Play Goes Away

This article is not exactly autism-related, but it speaks to the consequences of the decline of play at the preschool level and how this is affecting sensory processing in young children. Definitely worth a read.

The Decline of Play in Preschoolers

Note: I will be getting back to The Bridge series shortly. My “day job” has a slew of reports due this week, so my brain is a little fried. If I don’t get it out this week, I definitely will first thing next week!