In this lesson, Community outing, we learn how routines (what to expect) and appropriate behavior at various community locations, such as the park, grocery and department stores, restaurants, friends’ homes, birthday parties, the post office, etc. can help give your child more comfort and freedom in social settings.

The basic ability to follow instructions and functionally communicate are helpful in the community environment.

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The goal of Desensitization and coping skills is to help your child be less sensitive to averse stimuli. By learning coping skills, your child can increase appropriate behavior around sounds, sights, smells, and tactile sensations that have historically lead to maladaptive behavior. And by reducing stress and the resulting maladaptive behaviors, your child will be able to engage in more age appropriate and normative activities.

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This lesson, Eating skills, teaches appropriate eating skills, including use of utensils and napkin, and sitting at the table for the entire meal or snack. This lesson can also help teach supplementary skills such as asking to be excused when finished and clearing own place setting.

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This lesson, Eating new foods, focuses on trying/tasting new foods, and/or eating small amounts of non-preferred foods. In addition and as a more advanced skill, it teaches how to accept or appropriately decline offered foods.

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This lesson, Dressing skills, teaches the full process of independently getting dressed, from choosing/retrieving clothes, to putting them on appropriately, to putting them away after taking them off.

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This lesson, Grooming skills, teaches the full process of completing age-appropriate grooming routines such as washing hands, combing hair, brushing teeth, etc.

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This lesson, Safety and rules signs, teaches the names/labels of typical safety and community rules signs. Vocabulary can be taught either receptively (touch/physical response) and expressively (speech/Sign Language/PECs).

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This lesson, Situation and decision-making, teaches the identification of safe behavior and conduct while out in the community. This lesson can be taught receptively (via touch) and expressively (speech/Sign Language/PECs).

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This lesson, Assertion, teaches appropriate assertive techniques such as saying no, declining an offer, and standing up for oneself. Allows the child opportunities to practice typical situations when these skills might be used (e.g., when another child crowded in line, someone took away a toy without asking, etc.).

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This lesson, Toileting, teaches how to urinate and complete bowel movements in the toilet, first in response to a schedule and adult instruction; then, ultimately, in response to child’s own sense and initiation of need.

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